In a statement the CEO of Rivian Automotive Inc RJ Scaringe said, the automaker will delay deliveries of its electric pickup truck and sports utility vehicle with big battery packs to 2023.
He went on to add, the large majority of Rivian’s 71,000 pre-orders for its R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV in the US and Canada were for a model which is equipped with a small battery pack and provides 314 milerange on a single charge.
“In order to serve the largest number of preorder holders, we will be prioritizing building the Adventure Package with Large pack battery during the next year,” said Scaringe.
Scaringe has outlined production challenges following global supply-chain constraints, tightening labour market and short-term issues around building electric battery modules.
Rivian has delivered 386 of the 652 vehicles it has built, including its pickup and SUV.
The bigger battery pack, called the Max pack, is expected to give a mileage of 400 miles on a single charge.
Only 20% of the preorders were for the Max pack.
In early 2022 Rivian is set to introduce a feature for customers on their Rivian accounts that will display their current delivery timing estimate.