Rivian becomes the first to deliver an electric pickup to customers, beating Tesla, GM and Ford

The company’s first pickup for a customer drove off the assembly line at its plant in Normal, Illinois with the CEO behind the wheel.

Rivian is a U.S.-based electric vehicle manufacturer and technology company founded in 2009.

The company, which has raised more than $10 billion from investors that include Amazon and Ford Motor, told customers in July that it’ll ship its very anticipated electric pickup in September of this year and the S.U.V. to follow soon after.

Sure enough, the very first production R1T rolled off the assembly line in Normal, Illinois.

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe made the announcement via Twitter and he’s the one seen behind the wheel in the pictures.

The arrival of the R1T means Rivian is the first electric vehicle manufacturer to bring to market an electric pickup, beating Tesla, GM, Ford and others.

On the regulatory side, TechCrunch said Rivian confirmed that the vehicles are fully certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.

Adding that it also received regulatory approval to deliver vehicles to customers.

In Canada, deliveries are scheduled to begin in November for the Launch Edition ($97,250), which is already sold out.

The Explore ($90,000) and Adventure ($97,250) models will follow in January 2022.

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