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Rivian is an American EV company that is looking to redefine the capabilities of electric utility. By waiting to showcase their upcoming models until a fully functional concept model was ready, they have managed to avoid a lot of the skepticism that electric startups often face. The fresh design, incredible standard equipment and fantastic level of utility preview what could very well be a segment-leading vehicle both on and off-road.

Their headquarters is located in Plymouth, Michigan but they have recently bought and are revamping a former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois, which is likely to be the home of the R1T. They haven’t disclosed when deliveries of the R1T will begin, but it should arrive in late 2020, as a 2021 model.

It will be available in two different specs for launch, with a third option joining approximately a year later. The 135 kWh pack has been rated at 754 hp and 826 lb-ft of torque, with an estimated 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds. The top spec 180 kWh model will be slightly less quick and powerful but should have a range greater than 400 miles.

Pre-orders are open now and are completely refundable with a $1000 deposit. Similar to how Tesla sells its vehicles, Rivian will be selling directly to the customer with the potential for storefronts in the future. The R1T will start at $69,000 plus destination charge, but buyers can take advantage of the $7,500 federal tax credit.

With pricing that undercuts other premium EV’s like the Model X and specs that are some the best we’ve seen from a production electric, Rivian is making the case that compromises are a notion of the past.
 

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Lets just hope that their new manufacturing plant will be able to keep up with demand, because this truck is going to get a lot of early interest. Might be a good idea for them to establish a partnership with a battery manufacturer to try and avoid any delays.
 

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Since its built in the USA and all of its parts are American sourced, we shouldn't be seeing any significant delays. Does anyone know if the battery pack is built in house or if its been outsourced to another company?
 

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I wonder how much longer it will stay American built. It might just be a way to give the brand some credibility. Once sales are strong and another model is out it could mean outsourcing to markets that are cheaper to produce in.
 

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Since its built in the USA and all of its parts are American sourced, we shouldn't be seeing any significant delays. Does anyone know if the battery pack is built in house or if its been outsourced to another company?
From what I've read all the main components for their vehicles have bene produced by them directly. Since this battery is the largest we've seen in the industry, they couldn't rely on a third party to develop it.
 

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Hopefully it won't turn out to be a mistake because outsourcing can have its benefits. If well respected and well established automakers have done it that alone says a lot. if Rivian was as massive as Toyota I would be happier with internal sourcing of components.
 

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I heard about Ford's recent investment with Rivian.

With any new company, deliveries my biggest concern. Any company can carry out everything prior to actually delivering a product. The real challenge comes with the initial months of deliveries that can make or break an automaker during their first launch.
 

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I was reading on another forum about some info that Rivian employees let slip at the NY Auto Show. Apparently anyone who put down a deposit will be able to configure their car at the end of 2019. Then the first production models will arrive as early as mid 2020.
 

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I have followed quite a few new product launches and learned all automakers typically stick to the same timelines. So its no surprise seeing mid-2020 positioned for initial deliveries considering pre-orders went through earlier this year.
 

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Once production kicks off we'll get a clear picture.

Right now Rivian is preparing pre-production models for testing. So at best we'll get some insight on those before anything anyone here has money on. Patience!
 

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Once production kicks off we'll get a clear picture.

Right now Rivian is preparing pre-production models for testing. So at best we'll get some insight on those before anything anyone here has money on. Patience!
Do you think we'll see them being tested in Colorado? It seems to be a popular spot for the industry and I think it was for Ford's F-150 Hybrid mule.
 

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That would be high altitude testing, so yes.
Along with all sorts of testing in extreme conditions from the very hot to very cold.
Everyone should keep their eyes peeled for these. They can show up anywhere really.
 

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According to Forbes Rivian expects to deliver an ambitious 20,000 units (combined truck and SUV) in 2021 and 40,000 in 2022.

The company expects to deliver an ambitious 20,000 units (combined truck and SUV) in 2021 and 40,000 in 2022, which could translate to approximately $1.4 billion and $2.8 billion, respectively, if all goes according to plan. By comparison, Tesla sold 25,000 units of the Model X in 2016, its first full year of release.
 
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