The Rivian R1T became the very first new all-electric pickup truck to market, beating out the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning when it entered production back in September. The R1T has also received universally positive reviews from critics, even beating out the Ford Maverick for MotorTrend‘s 2022 Truck of the Year, though the Ford-backed automaker has previously noted that production will be extremely limited for some time, even as it plans to build its second plant in Georgia. Now, Rivain CEO R.J. Scaringe has sent an email to reservation holders with a production update, which includes news about a delay for the R1T Max Pack and Adventure Package.
“As of December 15th, we had approximately 71,000 preorders for the R1T and R1S in the US and Canada, with the large majority having configured an Adventure Package with a Large pack battery (our Max pack represents approximately 20 percent of our preorders),” Scaringe said. “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.”
“Explore Package preorders and vehicles with a Max pack battery configuration will follow in 2023. In setting our delivery timing, we 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.”
Customers that pre-ordered an R1T Max Pack with the Explore Package in 2018 and 2019 will get the chance to reconfigure those vehicles to the Adventure Package and the Large battery pack next month if they wish to take delivery in 2022 rather than waiting another year. Additionally, Rivian sent out a separate email to R1T reservation holders with an estimated delivery window.
The R1T with Rivian’s Large battery pack offers up to 314 miles of EPA-rated range on a single charge, while the Max Pack – a $10,000 option – is estimated to provide up to 400 miles of range, though it has yet to go through EPA certification. R1T models equipped with the Explore Package start out at $67,500, while those equipped with the Adventure Package feature a starting MSRP of $73,000.
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So, the $7k Rivian R1T that you can’t buy gets truck of the year over the $20k Maverick that you can buy. Got it.