Regarding the R1T and the R1S Special Edition, which comes in at $ 77,500, Dietmeier said, “pre-order holders will receive their assigned Rivian guide by the end of November with the expected delivery time.”
The launch of the R1S is expected to follow the R1T in fall 2022.
Although the delivery dates have been pushed back by a month, many are delighted to see the vehicles roll off the production line in the establishment of West Normal. The Irvine, Calif.-Based company has invested billions in the plant, which it bought in 2017 for $ 16 million.
Rivian recently bought 380 acres of farmland in the west from its factory for $ 6.84 million for future expansion and logistics buildings.
The company currently employs 1,500 people at its Normal plant and plans to reach 2,500 by the end of the year and nearly 4,000 by 2022, Dietmeier said.
“It’s amazing the expansion they’ve gone through and of course it has affected their timeline with bringing their vehicle to market with COVID, the new hires, and the transfer of battery technology production from California to. Illinois, ”Normal Mayor Chris Koos said.