The first customer-bound example of the Rivian R1T all-electric pickup truck rolled off the assembly line in Normal, Illinois this week. The Rivian R1T will face competition from numerous battery-driven pickups from several established automakers, including General Motors.
“After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle drove off our production line in Normal!” Tweeted Rivian CEO and founder RJ Scaringe on Tuesday. “Our team’s collective efforts have made this moment possible. Can’t wait to get these into the hands of our customers!”
The first production Rivian R1T produced is finished in Rivian Blue. Range-per-charge is rated at 314 miles, with four electric motors (one motor per wheel) providing the propulsion. Pricing starts at $69,000.
The Rivian R1T is the first of several all-electric pickups slated to hit the market in the next few years. First out the gates for General Motors will be the all-new GMC Hummer EV Pickup, slated to roll out from GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck facility in Michigan, recently renamed Factory Zero, later this year. The first GMC Hummer EV Pickup to roll out will be the range-topping Edition 1, which is significantly pricier than the R1T, starting at $112,595. Reservations for the Edition 1 are now full, but three other trims will roll out after the Edition 1, including the EV3X (starting at $99,995), the EV2X (starting at $89,995), and the EV2 (starting at $79,995).
The Rivian R1T will also face competition from Ford, which offers the all-electric Ford F-150 Lighting, priced at just under $40,000. The new F-150 Lighting is slated to arrive in dealers next spring.
Meanwhile, Ram is set to release an all-electric Ram 1500 pickup around 2024. Tesla is also looking to make headway in the segment with the new Cybertruck, which starts under $40,000, but won’t arrive until 2022, if not later.