After US electric car startup Rivian twice delayed the start of deliveries for its R1T e-pickup, the time has apparently come: according to founder and CEO RJ Scaringe, the first customer vehicle has now rolled off the production line.
Scaringe confirmed this on Twitter. "After months of manufacturing pre-production models, the first customer car left the assembly line in Normal this morning," the CEO tweeted. "The combined efforts of our team have made this possible. I can't wait to deliver the cars to our customers."
However, Scaringe did not specify when exactly the first customers will receive their R1T - in "Rivian Blue" color, according to the photos. Initially, the delivery start date was pushed back from June to July, and later to September, so Rivian would still have about two weeks to meet that schedule.
Meanwhile, Rivian is stepping up its negotiations with the UK government over the possible construction of its European plant near Bristol, according to a local media report. If the plant is indeed built in the county of Somerset, it could create more than 5,000 jobs there - and seven to eight times as many jobs within the supply chain, according to the Somerset Live portal.