The Rivian R1T electric pickup and closely related R1S SUV will go on sale next summer, the Michigan-based automaker has confirmed.
First to market will be the R1T, with the first customer deliveries of the pickup expected to commence next June. The R1S will be close behind, though, with deliveries set to begin only one month later in August of 2021. The company also confirmed this week that it has begun pilot production at its Normal, Illinois plant as it prepares to build customer vehicles and says the milestone brings it “another step closer to our full production launch.”
The GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV will compete directly with the Rivian R1T and R1S. Both vehicles are positioned as battery-electric off-roaders aimed at adventurous, outdoorsy consumers. The range-topping R1T and R1S models will have a motor mounted at each wheel and will produce around 750 horsepower. Certain models will also be able to travel up to 400 miles between charges. General Motors is predicting similar specifications for the Hummer EV – promising a tri-motor model with over 1,000 horsepower and versions with up to 400 miles of range.
The company may seem fairly unassuming considering the Rivian R1T and R1S will be its first-ever production vehicles, but the company has strong backing to help it reach its goals. The company has so far raised $2.8 billion from major investors such as T. Rowe Price, Amazon, Cox Automotive and Ford Motor Company and will be the first company to produce an electric pickup truck for retail customers. The GMC Hummer EV isn’t expected to enter production until late 2021 and the Tesla Cybertruck is expected to arrive around the same time. The Lordstown Endurance will initially be sold to fleets when it hits the market in early 2021.
Rivian says it will have more to announce with regard to the R1T and R1S in the near future, “including details on key vehicle features,” when customers will be able to configure their Rivian R1T or R1S and its plans for its own Tesla Supercharger-style charging network.