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Rivian’s RJ Scaringe Confirms September Deliveries, Infrastructure Buildout

Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe confirmed to pre-order customers the company will begin vehicle deliveries in September following delays due to supply chain issues.

The CEO of the Irvine-based electric vehicle maker disclosed the update in a note sent to pre-order customers and explained the automaker is waiting on final approvals before deliveries begin.

Next month will also see the launch of a Rivian app for both iOS and Android systems that will allow vehicle owners to schedule service appointments and check on their vehicle’s battery charge among other features.

Scaringe noted in his letter the company intends to ramp the buildout of the charging infrastructure for vehicle owners.

Service centers, of which there are currently five announced by the company, will also continue to grow with plans of more than 100 by the end of 2023, Scaringe’s letter said. This includes a 32,000-square-foot location in Costa Mesa on Briggs Avenue, which marks the first in Orange County.

The company said in its letter to the Costa Mesa Planning Commission, the site would be used as a temporary holding ground pre-delivery, in addition to performing software updates and minor vehicle repairs. See the Aug. 16 print edition of the Business Journal for more on the Costa Mesa service center.

Rivian, which was last valued at around $70 billion, has raised $10.5 billion to date with backers that include Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund and Ford Motor Co.

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