Rivian Delays High-Capacity Battery R1T to 2024
Dec. 30, 2021—Rivian earlier this month said it will delay building its R1T pickups with 400-mile range battery packs until 2023.
According to a report from Electrek, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe in a letter to customers said the decision comes as the company is working to fill a massive 71,000 preorders for its R1T pickups and R1S SUVs.
"In order to serve the largest number of preorder holders, we will be prioritizing building the Adventure Package with Large pack battery during the next year," Scaringe said. "Explore Package preorders and vehicles with a Max pack battery configuration will follow in 2023."
The letter also said the company has "optimized our build sequence around the build combination that would support us ramping as quickly as possible and therefore have the largest possible positive climate impact."
The 400-mile Max pack was a big selling point when the R1T made its debut in 2018, and Rivian will have quite a bit of work to do in order to fulfill its obligations to both private and corporate customers. In addition to the 71,000 private pre-orders, the automaker has a deal with Amazon to produce 100,000 delivery vans by 2024.
As of Dec. 15, the company has delivered just over 650 vehicles.