Are you still waiting for your Rivian R1T to arrive? Well, you aren’t alone, but you aren’t out of luck. There is a way to get your 2022 Rivian R1T in a few weeks instead of waiting for a couple more months.
How to speed up your 2022 Rivian R1T order
If you’re waiting for your 2022 Rivian R1T model to arrive, you can cut down the wait from a few months to about six to eight weeks, or even sooner. However, this is a bit of a catch because you could lose your favorite options.
Reservation holders can choose a pre-configured model from the options listed in the new Rivian R1 shop. You will receive an invitation to pick an option from the shop and have one week to decide.
Once you select a pre-configured model, your preordered model will be canceled. So, you might have to choose a different color or miss out on unique options such as the fold-out kitchen. It doesn’t feel like a fair tradeoff, but you will get behind the wheel faster.
How to get invited to the Rivian R1 shop
To select a pre-configured 2022 Rivian R1T model, you have to be waiting to accept the delivery of your preordered model. Those who haven’t put in a Rivian order yet are out of luck.
Also, this is only for the R1T models. It’s currently unclear if there are any pre-configured Rivian R1S models available.
You will have to wait to be invited to the Rivian R1 shop as well. Rivian is inviting people via email. The invitations will be sent to the earliest reservation holders first. Currently, the shop only provides basic information about each truck without the VIN numbers listed.
Reportedly, the beginning of the email explains that in May, Rivian reached out to reservation holders via surveys and guide conversations to gauge the interest in accepting pre-configured models to accept deliveries earlier.
The volume and enthusiasm from early responses indicate that this is a path worth exploring. However, we imagine that not all reactions were happy.
Are these pre-configured models being built before the custom preordered models? Will people be compensated for the missing features?
How long is the wait for a Rivian R1T?
If you enter a new reservation today, you’re looking at receiving your 2022 Rivian R1T model by the end of 2023. Deliveries of new orders are expected to begin later in 2023, so you could be waiting for up to a year or more.
But if you put in a reservation today, then you could be selected to order a pre-configured model soon. The Rivian R1 shop is currently only inviting people with existing reservations, though.
Also, to reserve a truck, you need to put down a $1,000 deposit before you can see the configuration options.
The Launch Edition with the quad-motor setup is sold out. So, you will have to select an option with dual motors for now.
We hope Rivian doesn’t experience further delays caused b the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage and other supply chain issues. We will update you if anything changes.