Rivian Custom Orders Stopped Till Late Summer

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, Automotive Editor - March 27, 2024
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Shoppers looking to purchase a custom Rivian may have to wait a few months to be able to put their order in. According to an email that Rivian sent to customers, the all-electric brand stated that it would be putting customer orders on hold through late summer.

We spoke with a Rivian representative who confirmed the decision with us, stating that this spring “we are spending some time retooling the plant and will not be producing vehicles. During this time, we are temporarily pausing our configurator.”

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For shoppers, this means that they’ll have to choose a vehicle that’s available through Rivian’s existing inventory. This could be troubling, as it forces shoppers to get a vehicle that’s available instead of allowing them to build the ideal model for them. Shoppers could be looking at compromising performance, range, and exterior color when shopping through Rivian’s existing inventory instead of custom ordering one.

We don’t know why Rivian is putting a halt on custom orders. We don’t think this is due to having an excess number of vehicles available through its inventory based on a review of local inventory on the company’s website. Rivian didn’t provide any information on whether this decision is connected to the automaker’s recent product reveals.

Recently, Rivian unveiled the compact R2 and R3, but these vehicles aren’t expected to come out for another few years. The R2 is scheduled to come out in the middle of 2026, while the R3 is expected to arrive for the 2027 model year.

At this point, the only thing we can think of is that Rivian is gearing up for something new with the existing R1T or R1S. The automaker could be coming up with a new powertrain combination or a new battery pack. Or Rivian is looking to make its production process more efficient as it looks toward adding future models.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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