Rivian Delays Ocean Coast Production to Speed Up Delivery of Electric Pickup Orders
Rivian has recently announced a new plan to speed up the production of its R1T electric pickup by delaying more complicated orders. The company’s plan is to focus on “less complicated” orders first, with vehicles featuring Ocean Coast interiors being delayed until later this fall. This is due to the fact that the light wood used in these interiors is more difficult and expensive to produce than the Black Mountain and Forest Edge interiors.
Rivian's slow start of production at only per day has been frustrating for customers, but it seems they are slowly inching toward a higher volume. Rivian has also communicated batch processing, configuration/location/pre order date in that order as well as potential parts supply issues that could idle production for significant periods of time.
Wood has been around for centuries and we have been processing it for thousands of years to suit our tastes and desires. It is not easy to produce a consistent color without much pigment when using white wash on wood since it is a natural material which can vary in color and texture. Darker stains can cover up flaws, but white wash with a clear finish is harder to do with a consistent appearance.
At the First Mile event, Rivian seemed less concerned about the Ocean Coast delay, estimating just a couple of months before delivery of Adventure R1Ts at the Brooklyn SC. Hopefully this will be enough time to make sure all orders are fulfilled correctly and efficiently.
Rivian has also been working on improving the production process, with a new automated assembly line that will help speed up the build time. This is expected to reduce labor costs and increase efficiency in order fulfillment. The company is also looking into using 3D printing for some of its parts, which could further reduce lead times and cost savings.
The delay in Ocean Coast orders may be frustrating for customers who have already placed their deposits but it should ultimately result in faster delivery times overall as Rivian focuses on simpler orders first. It’s clear that Rivian wants to make sure all vehicles are built correctly before they leave the factory so this strategy makes sense from a quality assurance standpoint as well.
In addition to speeding up production, Rivian has made several other changes recently including expanding its service network across North America and launching an online store where customers can purchase accessories directly from them instead of third-party retailers or dealerships. These moves show that despite delays due to Covid-19 related issues, Rivian remains committed to delivering high quality electric vehicles at competitive prices while providing excellent customer service along the way!
What is Rivian doing to speed up R1T production?
Rivian is focusing on orders with less complicated customizations first, such as Black Mountain and Forest Edge interiors. This means that orders with Ocean Coast interiors will be delayed until later this fall.
Why is the Ocean Coast interior more difficult to produce?
The Ocean Coast interior uses light wood paneling with a bleached finish, which can be more difficult and expensive to produce than the darker woods. Additionally, the bleached finish may interact chemically with the vegan leather or screws, discolor the wood over time, or weaken the wood and make it harder to assemble without damaging it.
How many R1Ts has Rivian produced so far?
Rivian has made around 1500 R1Ts so far.
What is causing delays in production?
Parts supply is currently the primary mid-to-long term issue for Rivian. Additionally, battery supply could idle production for significant periods of time.
Is whitewashed wood really that complicated to produce?
Wood finishing work with white wash can be difficult to do with a consistent appearance since wood is a natural material and varies in grain texture and color. Darker stains can cover up flaws, but white wash with a clear finish is harder to do with a consistent appearance.
How is Rivian addressing the parts supply issue?
Rivian is working with suppliers to increase their production capacity, as well as looking for new suppliers to meet demand. Additionally, they are investing in automation and robotics to reduce labor costs and increase efficiency.
What other steps is Rivian taking to speed up production?
Rivian is also streamlining their assembly process by reducing the number of steps required to build each vehicle. They are also increasing the number of shifts at their plant and hiring more workers to help with the increased demand.
Is there anything else that Rivian is doing to improve production?
Yes, Rivian is also investing in software solutions to better manage their supply chain and production processes. This will allow them to better track parts and materials, optimize their assembly line, and reduce waste.