Rivian has begun running a pilot line at its plant in Normal, Illinois, as the electric-car start-up prepares to bring its pickup suususander and SUV to market in the summer of 2021,media reported. In an email to potential customers, Rivian said its R1T electric pickup will begin delivery in June 2021, while the R1S electric SUV will be delivered later than in August of the same year.
Rivian said in May that delivery of R1T and R1S would be delayed until 2021.
Running a pilot line is a necessary key step to root out potential problems before full production is fully operational. Both cars are expected to go on sale by the end of 2020. Rivian had to suspend construction of the plant because of the new crown pandemic. The plant, originally owned by Mitsubishi, was acquired by Rivian in 2017.
In addition to producing R1T and R1S electric cars for consumers, the plant will also produce 100,000 trucks for Amazon. Rivian said it would still start delivering electric vans to Amazon in early 2021. Amazon has previously said it will put about 10,000 electric vans on the road by 2022, up to 100,000 by 2030.