Rivian builds the first electric pickup truck
There is a winner in the race to build the first consumer ready electric pickup truck, and it isn't Tesla, Ford or General Motors.
It's Rivian. Who?
After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle drove off our production line in Normal!" he tweeted Tuesday. "Can't wait to get these into the hands of our customers!"
Rivian has also received necessary clearances from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board to start delivering R1Ts to all 50 states. Customers can only buy the trucks online, as there are no showrooms yet available to see or test drive the vehicle.
The company said it is holding events around the country where customers can see the vehicles in person, and that buyers will have seven days or 1,000 miles to return the truck after it's delivered.
Although electric cars and SUVs continue to grow in popularity, an EV pickup has been more plans and promises than reality so far.
Ford (F-150 Lightning, due to go on sale next year.), which along with Amazon ( ) has made an investment in Rivian, has plans for its own electric pickup, the
Tesla (Cybertruck pickup by the end of this year, although full production won't start until 2022) expects to complete its first