rivian builds the first customer r1t electric pickup

© Provided by Roadshow A big day in Illinois. RJ Scaringe/Twitter

It's been a very long road, but today, Rivian reached a milestone. The startup company produced the first R1T electric pickup truck for a customer on Tuesday, and CEO RJ Scaringe had the honors of driving it off the assembly line. It's the first of thousands more pickups to come, and before R1S SUV production kicks off as well.

Scaringe tweeted photos of the first truck and said he "Can't wait to get these into the hands of our customers!"

Rivian spent months building preproduction trucks in preparation for series production of customer vehicles. It also instituted a handful of delays along the way, but not anymore. After delaying the highly anticipated electric truck from 2020 to 2021, the R1T was meant to start production in July. That turned into September, but Rivian was able to work through pandemic-related delays and supply chain issues to fire up its assembly line in Normal, Illinois. Hopefully the R1S is on a similarly smooth track to customers.

rivian builds the first customer r1t electric pickup

© RJ Scaringe/Twitter

With the first customer R1T heading to a predictably stoked new owner, Rivian becomes the first to deliver a light-duty electric pickup truck in the crowded space. Tesla won't begin Cybertruck deliveries until late 2022 at the earliest. Ford's F-150 Lightning won't be ready until next spring. Chevrolet and Ram haven't even revealed their challengers yet. And Lordstown Motors, which promised to be first, remains in a shaky financial state.

Here's the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck in action off-road

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1/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The R1T is the hotly anticipated electric pickup truck from start-up manufacturer Rivian.

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2/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow I was lucky enough to get a full eight days behind the wheel of the R1T on the dirt and off the grid.

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3/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow I charged with a portable charging system developed by Power Innovations.

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4/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The truck's 135-kWh battery can store enough go-go juice for 300 miles of range.

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5/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow However, I experienced a loss of range while out in the dirt, averaging only 137 miles or so on a charge.

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6/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow However, in the dunes of Glamis, California, our range dropped to about 50 miles -- natural, given the conditions.

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7/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The Pirelli Scorpion 275/65R20 tires did great. No flats!

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8/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The Rivian R1T has 829 pound-feet of torque that's available at any time.

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9/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow My truck carried two spares, a floor jack, 5 liters of water, a tool box and some spare parts. I also had camping gear and Maxtrax recovery boards.

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10/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Speaking of Maxtrax recovery boards, I definitely used them a few times.

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11/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The Rivian R1T goes into production in June 2021.

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12/29 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Keep scrolling for more photos of this electric truck in the dunes.

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