While Rivian was pressured to delay deliveries of its long-awaited R1T electrical pickup truck till June 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the corporate is continuous to push ahead with its aggressive EV plans.
In this video, we’re taken on a tour of the corporate’s manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois with none aside from firm founder R.J. Scaringe. At the second, the automobile producer is constructing pre-production fashions and filling the 500,000 square-foot manufacturing facility with all the essential manufacturing tools and robots.
In addition to the R1T, Rivian can also be growing the R1S SUV on the identical skateboard structure with the intention of beginning deliveries two months after the R1T. The two autos shall be supplied with the identical electrical motor and battery configurations.
Battery packs shall be accessible in capacities of 105 kWh, 135 kWh, and 180 kWh and function alongside 4 electrical motors. The entry-level mannequin shall be good for 402 hp, the long-range variant could have 700 hp, and the efficiency mannequin shall be rated at 754 hp.
Unlike different EV startups like Nikola and Fisker, Rivian will not be a public firm. Since 2019, it has raised a exceptional $5.three billion in private funding that features greater than $700 million from Amazon and over $500 million from Ford. It was additionally just lately introduced that Rivian will transfer most of its operations to a brand new facility in Irvine, California that may embrace a brand new HQ to exchange its present headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan. Nevertheless, the Illinois web site will stay its primary manufacturing facility.