You would be forgiven for assuming that electric vehicle startup Rivian might never actually quite start production on its potentially game-changing Rivian R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV.
After all, it was more than a decade ago, in 2009, when the company was first formed, and despite having a rockstar CEO in R.J. Scaringe, who holds a PhD. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, Rivian has produced not a single saleable car in that time. In fact, the company kept mostly quiet for years, silently tinkering in the background before it was finally ready to show its first two production-bound vehicles, the R1T and R1S, at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show - nine years after the company's formation.
Both vehicles were, at long last, ready to enter production late in 2020, we were told. And then Covid happened.