2020 was supposed to be the year of the EV, with many exciting new electric vehicles flooding the market. But the COVID-19 pandemic has put automotive plans everywhere on the planet on hold — and that includes one of the EV debuts we were most anticipated for. American electric car startup Rivian, we’ve learned, has pushed back the launch of its overlanding-ready adventure pickup truck to 2021.
Rivian had originally scheduled R1T pickup production to start in late 2020. However, the company told its customers — and confirmed to the Chicago Tribune — that production will now begin sometime in 2021, as the pandemic has delayed retooling at Rivian’s Normal, Illinois plant. (That delay, presumably, will also push back the launch of Rivian’s R1S SUV, which had been scheduled for early 2021.)
Rivian’s R1T and R1S have generated a lot of anticipation. They’re expected to be supremely capable overland vehicles, with top-tier models putting out close to 800 horsepower. Rivian will price base models competitively to take on established internal combustion players in the full-size truck and three-row SUV segments. The company also has backing from major companies like Amazon and Ford.
The R1T and R1S are far from the only vehicles delayed by the present crisis. Reports have GM putting off changes to multiple vehicles, and Bollinger has deferred its electric truck and SUV timeline to 2021 as well.
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