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Work is being done at Rivian's Normal (Illinois) for the official launch this June.

"Nestled among the cornfields of Normal, Illinois, a long-fallow stretch of land is preparing for a bumper crop this summer.

Rivian, the startup electric vehicle maker whose inaugural truck, SUV and Amazon delivery van have captured the auto world’s attention — and billions of dollars in investor seed money — is launching production in June from a converted Mitsubishi factory, and gearing up fast.

Powering through a pandemic, the first production vehicle — a $75,000 launch version of Rivian’s electric truck — will roll off the line more than a half-year behind schedule. It will be the first vehicle to be built on the site since the Mitsubishi plant closed six years ago.

“Starting a company is one thing, starting a plant is another big thing and then launching products,” said Erik Fields, 42, vice president of manufacturing at Rivian. “When you take it to the magnitude of what we’re doing here, it’s never been done before in automotive history on this scale.”

 

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Work is being done at Rivian's Normal (Illinois) for the official launch this June.

"Nestled among the cornfields of Normal, Illinois, a long-fallow stretch of land is preparing for a bumper crop this summer.

Rivian, the startup electric vehicle maker whose inaugural truck, SUV and Amazon delivery van have captured the auto world’s attention — and billions of dollars in investor seed money — is launching production in June from a converted Mitsubishi factory, and gearing up fast.

Powering through a pandemic, the first production vehicle — a $75,000 launch version of Rivian’s electric truck — will roll off the line more than a half-year behind schedule. It will be the first vehicle to be built on the site since the Mitsubishi plant closed six years ago.

“Starting a company is one thing, starting a plant is another big thing and then launching products,” said Erik Fields, 42, vice president of manufacturing at Rivian. “When you take it to the magnitude of what we’re doing here, it’s never been done before in automotive history on this scale.”

Just wondering what he's talking about, “When you take it to the magnitude of what we’re doing here, it’s never been done before in automotive history on this scale.” What about Tesla buying the Fremont factory from GM? That scale is vastly bigger now than the old Mitsubishi plant.
 

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Just wondering what he's talking about, “When you take it to the magnitude of what we’re doing here, it’s never been done before in automotive history on this scale.” What about Tesla buying the Fremont factory from GM? That scale is vastly bigger now than the old Mitsubishi plant.
He is referring to standing up the factory and launching 3 brand new vehicles virtually (or within a matter of a few months) at the same time with the R1T, R1S, and Amazon delivery van.
 

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Those photos are another great example of how much the body colors can vary depending on lighting.

Forest Green looks quite dark here.
 

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With only about 3 weeks until planned June launch, thinking SOMETHING must be happening in Normal, and SOMEONE must have heard something substantive by now.

Chatted with CS rep today. She has seen multiple colors of R1T'S that have been produced, but didn't know if they were still prototypes or final product versions. Tight lipped about June launch, "have to be patient and await the call from the Guide... excited to get you behind the wheel."
Anybody hear anything from a Guide yet? If so, how was the experience?
 

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With only about 3 weeks until planned June launch, thinking SOMETHING must be happening in Normal, and SOMEONE must have heard something substantive by now.
Can't a "planned June launch" mean anytime in June? In other words, could still be 7+ weeks out and still on target.
 

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Isn't it launch green?
Forest Green, sorry.

With only about 3 weeks until planned June launch, thinking SOMETHING must be happening in Normal, and SOMEONE must have heard something substantive by now.

Chatted with CS rep today. She has seen multiple colors of R1T'S that have been produced, but didn't know if they were still prototypes or final product versions. Tight lipped about June launch, "have to be patient and await the call from the Guide... excited to get you behind the wheel."
Anybody hear anything from a Guide yet? If so, how was the experience?
If not customer allocations, they could also be demo cars and loaners, some are important have around initially.
 
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