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So I had my first call with my guide. Everything went well but I had a question that I wanted to throw out there. My guide stated that if I add the power tonneau I could potentially receive my R1T in about 6 weeks, possibly sooner. It’s not a money thing for me I just didn’t love the idea of having another mechanical feature that could potentially have issues. By not adding the power tonneau it would probably push my order to sometime in the fourth quarter. So I posed the question, “although I would have to wait longer if I do not add it, would that mean I would receive a 2023 model”? Her response was “possibly”. Anyone have information on when Rivian will start building 2023 models? Thanks!
 

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Curious that delivery with the manual tonneau cover takes longer than with the powered version. Obviously, the production line is set up for the powered tonneau and Rivian's supplier is delivering the parts.

I'm not sure when Rivian plans to change their model year, but don't think it's as important with an EV at this point as it is for ICE vehicles. The model year could effect resale value, but that impact seems likely to be modest, or even non-existent, relative to Rivan.
 

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I have configured mine with manual tonneau cover so i expected it'll be awhile for me to get mine. Probably when they do change model year, re 2023 ;)
 

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2023 model should be noted as made in 2023, not any design changes. So when CS told you "possibly", I would interpret that to mean your delivery may slip into 2023 Q1, from 2022. In reality, CS only knows what they are told to say and anything outside of that, they have to be ambiguous since they don't know.

Unlike legacy auto mfg, all new EV makers (including Tesla) use the year designation as to when manufactured and not any model design change. Changes are happening under the skin all the time as supplier change, improvements and so on. In particular to Tesla, they introduce big and small changes when it makes sense for them to implement them - not based on model year. Rivian will be no different, in my mind.

Do you really believe there is going to be a minor facelift or change to R1 series when Rivian is struggling to make what they have already designed??
 

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Model Year change overs at assembly plants typically take place during the first 2 weeks of July. Hence the industry term of a "July shutdown". In the traditional dealer model, this time is needed to get vehicles through the process, tested, validated (suppliers and the OEM), before the first saleable builds are shipped to dealer lots so the general buying public can see them by the fall (September / October). However, with Rivian being a direct to consumer sales model, that kinda throws a bomb in that logic. :unsure:
 

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Model Year change overs at assembly plants typically take place during the first 2 weeks of July. Hence the industry term of a "July shutdown". In the traditional dealer model, this time is needed to get vehicles through the process, tested, validated (suppliers and the OEM), before the first saleable builds are shipped to dealer lots so the general buying public can see them by the fall (September / October). However, with Rivian being a direct to consumer sales model, that kinda throws a bomb in that logic. :unsure:
Also, there's no planned change in the Rivian for 2023, so no need to shut the line down for changeover.
 

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I've had tonneau covers since my second truck (08?). My first had a cap! I've use all types, hard & soft flips, roll ups, lockable etc. I frigging love the powered one. I've had stone, concrete and dirt in my bed and yes the guides have to be cleaned and yes it can get sticky but so far its been easy to maintain. I spray out the rails with a hose and put some lube in there and its fine. When it gets sluggish you can still assist it closed by pulling gently which is still way easier than lifting my last hard cover.
 

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FWIW, Our R1T config went in w/ powered cover in February '22 and remained unchanged and we just took delivery last weekend. I guess we're buyin' exactly what Rivian's buildin' right now - long range battery, quad motor, black interior, Adventure package.
 

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FWIW, Our R1T config went in w/ powered cover in February '22 and remained unchanged and we just took delivery last weekend. I guess we're buyin' exactly what Rivian's buildin' right now - long range battery, quad motor, black interior, Adventure package.
You put your order in in February and you already have your truck?? Wow. That is pretty incredible. I put my order in over a year ago, but I REALLY REALLY want that max pack. I need the towing range, so I wait . . . .
 

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You put your order in in February and you already have your truck?? Wow. That is pretty incredible. I put my order in over a year ago, but I REALLY REALLY want that max pack. I need the towing range, so I wait . . . .
Yeah, figured I should post my config because it somehow became a magic unlock. I was fully expecting/content to take an early 2023 delivery. I'm in Seattle and there are suddenly R1Ts everywhere, so maybe some local order dam unblocked or something. I should've asked my delivery specialist what he's seeing.
 

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You put your order in in February and you already have your truck?? Wow. That is pretty incredible. I put my order in over a year ago, but I REALLY REALLY want that max pack. I need the towing range, so I wait . . . .
I'm happy that folks are getting their trucks and resigned to waiting for mine; like you, I tow and need the Max Pack.

My R1T Max reservation is about two years old at this point; there are many others who put theirs in place well before me. I think that Rivian's delivery windows for the Max, even the recently revised ones, are overly optimistic. Rivian needs to get to stable higher-rate production of the R1T LR before they can successfully introduce any new variant, whether the R1T Max or the R1S, into the line.

The 15,000 R1 vehicles planned to be produced this year, which are virtually certain to be overwhelmingly R1T LR LE's and Adventures, are likely not enough to fully validate full-rate production. My belief is that Rivian will need to continue to ramp up the production rate with "standardized" builds for the first part of 2023, and R1T LR Adventures will almost certainly constitute the bulk of the production.

It seems likely to me that a few Max's and a handful of R1S's will roll off the line early next year giving Rivian the chance to legitimately claim that deliveries of those models has begun. I don't expect R1T Max and R1S production to get to meaningful levels until late in 2023 and perhaps not even until early 2024 however.

Happy to be proved wrong in all of this.
 

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I'm happy that folks are getting their trucks and resigned to waiting for mine; like you, I tow and need the Max Pack.

My R1T Max reservation is about two years old at this point; there are many others who put theirs in place well before me. I think that Rivian's delivery windows for the Max, even the recently revised ones, are overly optimistic. Rivian needs to get to stable higher-rate production of the R1T LR before they can successfully introduce any new variant, whether the R1T Max or the R1S, into the line.

The 15,000 R1 vehicles planned to be produced this year, which are virtually certain to be overwhelmingly R1T LR LE's and Adventures, are likely not enough to fully validate full-rate production. My belief is that Rivian will need to continue to ramp up the production rate with "standardized" builds for the first part of 2023, and R1T LR Adventures will almost certainly constitute the bulk of the production.

It seems likely to me that a few Max's and a handful of R1S's will roll off the line early next year giving Rivian the chance to legitimately claim that deliveries of those models has begun. I don't expect R1T Max and R1S production to get to meaningful levels until late in 2023 and perhaps not even until early 2024 however.

Happy to be proved wrong in all of this.
I do not disagree. One small data point. I was able to get a First Mile ride this past weekend. The tech that brought the vehicle mentioned that they are up to 100 vehicle deliveries per day. Seems a nice round number of course, but that would be great if true. He also made mention that the internal scuttlebutt was that max packs would start in Q1. I had told him my expectations were end of Q2 early Q3, he told me he believes I will be pleasantly surprised.

I still am expecting July next year or later :cool:
 

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I'm very envious of those who've been able to get First Mile rides. I've been waiting for more than two years and from what I can see, it does not look like I will have the opportunity anytime soon.

Rivian has done First Mile events in MD and NYC but not where I am in the Philadelphia area. Worse, it looks like there are no plans to do one here, at least this year. I've asked several times if I can participate in First Mile events at other locations and Rivian has always told me no, they are only by invitation. Rivian says that as long as you're signed up, you're on their list and may get invited when there's a nearby event. Given that there have been several relatively close by, I guess not getting an invitation says a lot about me . . .
 

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So I had my first call with my guide. Everything went well but I had a question that I wanted to throw out there. My guide stated that if I add the power tonneau I could potentially receive my R1T in about 6 weeks, possibly sooner. It’s not a money thing for me I just didn’t love the idea of having another mechanical feature that could potentially have issues. By not adding the power tonneau it would probably push my order to sometime in the fourth quarter. So I posed the question, “although I would have to wait longer if I do not add it, would that mean I would receive a 2023 model”? Her response was “possibly”. Anyone have information on when Rivian will start building 2023 models? Thanks!
I got the same all and added it. so now I am June/July as before I was July/September
 
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