Rivian vehicles have obtained certifications from three businesses, the ultimate hurdle that enables the electrical automaker to promote and ship its R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV in all 50 U.S. states.
Rivian confirmed to TechCrunch in an e mail that the vehicles are totally licensed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. Bloomberg additionally reported that Rivian has obtained regulatory approval to ship vehicles to clients.
Rivian has a direct gross sales mannequin, in which clients can order its vehicles on-line. Dealer safety legal guidelines in many states prohibit corporations like Rivian from having its personal shops, the place clients can take check drives and study financing choices. However, there are no restrictions from clients ordering on-line from these states.
Today, 22 states enable for all automobile producers to promote vehicles to clients, in keeping with the NRDC. In these states, Rivian can arrange shops, show vehicles, provide check rides and importantly focus on financing. Another 11 states enable for solely Tesla, which additionally has a direct gross sales mannequin, to promote vehicles, typically in a restricted variety of places all through the state.
Rivian plans to start deliveries of the R1T launch version this month. Deliveries of the R1S SUV are anticipated to observe this yr.
Confirmation of the certifications from the state and two federal businesses adopted a trio of bulletins in the previous a number of weeks that , together with the primary manufacturing Rivian R1T electrical pickup truck in “Rivian blue” rolling off the meeting line Tuesday morning on the firm’s manufacturing unit in Normal, Illinois. The firm’s two vehicles additionally obtained official EPA ranges of 314 miles for the primary version model of its all-electric R1T pickup truck and 316 miles for the R1T SUV.
All of this follows Rivian confidentially submitting paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to go public. The firm, backed by a bunch of institutional and strategic traders together with Ford and Amazon, has not dimension and value vary for the proposed providing.
Sources acquainted with Rivian’s IPO plans stated the corporate has not but began the “roadshow,” a course of in which an underwriting agency and firm administration make a collection of shows to potential traders earlier than going public.