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Deliveries of Rivian R1S SUV Delayed Till Next Summer

The startup product, all-electric Rivian R1S SUV, will be reaching customers at a later time than initially planned: between May and July 2022.

The manufacturer postpones customer deliveries of the Rivian R1S SUV. According to Automotive News, Rivian is now sending email messages to reservation holders to inform them that the delivery window has been changed.

The new time frame is May-July… at the earliest. Predictably, shares in Rivian fell 4.2 percent on Wednesday after such notification. Previously, the company was going to commence production at the Illinois plant in December 2021 and begin deliveries to customers in January 2022.

Despite delays and other difficulties, Rivian announces it will construct the second facility in the USA, though a location is still unknown. The automaker also plans to open assembly plants in China and Europe in course of time.

The Rivian R1S is available both in 5- or 7- seat configurations, with a choice of three equipment packages: Launch Edition and Adventure Package, both starting at $75,500, and Explore Package at $70,000.

The EPA-estimated range is 316 miles with 21-inch wheels. The range reduces by 10-15% with 20-ich ones, and by 5-10% when the vehicle rides on a 22-inch wheel.

The R1S has a quad-motor powertrain, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, tows up to 7,700 pounds. It has a wading depth of 3+ feet, and storage space of over 104 cubic feet.

The available technologies include LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, OTA (over-the-air) updates, the standard Rivian Driver+ hands-free driving assistance and safety system.

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