EVTrukHog

Well-Known Member
First Name
Matt
Joined
Aug 31, 2021
Threads
16
Messages
185
Reaction score
219
Location
KC Service Area
Vehicles
F150, Explorer, Corvette C6
1664676308595.jpeg


This happened on really short notice - so it was a bit of a whirlwind - but I was able to complete a factory tour and pick up of my new R1T Limestone/OC/Dark 20AT on the final day of Q3. It was a great experience! Here are some of the highlights of the tour and inaugural EV trip home.

I flew into Bloomington/Normal the afternoon prior to delivery. Easy logistics. It’s a relatively small community and everything fairly close (airport/hotels/factory). Insider tip: highly recommend Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works for dinner - and it’s walking distance from Hampton Inn.

I was overwhelmed with overall hospitality of all Rivian team members. Started getting messages from Delivery Host the afternoon prior with logistics details…then surprised to be picked up next morning at my hotel in a R1 from the Hospitality Team Leader and taken to the factory - very nice touch. Upon arrival at the plant, you get a definite west coast vibe… open atrium lobby with skylights, plants, coffee shop, gift shop, and lots of sitting areas being used by both visitors and employees. Large interior windows allow you to look directly onto the manufacturing floor. The place was bumping with lots of activity… a lot of employees mingling and several customers doing pickups. It appeared there has certainly been a strong push to finish Q3 strong.

The plant tour is conducted from elevated catwalks above the production lines. There is a single straight assembly line for the two sizes of Amazon vans, and a separate line for the R1. The R1 line does at least three 180 degree switchbacks - due to geometry of existing building. It appeared R1 line was 50/50 R1T and R1S - with each model randomly co-mingled in the line. Didn’t appear to be any mass batching of colors, interiors, or models coming down the line - surprisingly random. It’d be nice to know the algorithm that determines what’s getting made each day.

The level of automation and manufacturing technology is really impressive. Huge robots that are stamping, screwing, riveting, welding, lifting, these huge pieces along the line…and lots of assembly technicians interspersed along the line doing the detail work. It was truly hypnotic watching this huge procession of automation convert raw metals into finished product. Seeing the process makes you appreciate the cost of these vehicles!

As the R1(s) roll off the line, there are a series of QC stations to check various components and systems… and work stations to trouble shoot any that need extra attention. I got the impression that several of the QC tests were in response to issues identified by early vehicles - which makes you think early VIN problems should be getting better.

At completion of tour, your vehicle is parked and waiting for you in corporate circle drive. A delivery specialist spends about an hour going over the vehicle with you… and then you’re driving off. Never having owned an EV before, I was faced with a 500 mile drive home…I’ll write about newbie impresssions of the drive in another post - this post is already way too long.

Bottom line: if you can arrange a factory delivery, I highly recommend it. It was a great experience for me. i now have a greater appreciation for the sophistication of the manufacturing process and was equally impressed with the Rivian people I met. I sensed a simultaneous exhaustion and excitement about what they’re doing…and certainly a feeling of “caring”. The people I interacted with were excited for the customers taking delivery, and their enthusiasm was fun and contagious. It took me 18 months from deposit to delivery…and I’ve followed all of the frustrations about missed deadlines and vague communications…but getting to interact with the manufacturing team firsthand renewed the vibe most of us sensed in early RJ days - and made the wait worthwhile. It has restored a personal excitement for the vehicle. Well done Rivian!

….now for the drive home.

 
Joined
Nov 27, 2021
Threads
1
Messages
7
Reaction score
12
Location
South Florida
Vehicles
Cars
1664676308595.jpeg


This happened on really short notice - so it was a bit of a whirlwind - but I was able to complete a factory tour and pick up of my new R1T Limestone/OC/Dark 20AT on the final day of Q3. It was a great experience! Here are some of the highlights of the tour and inaugural EV trip home.

I flew into Bloomington/Normal the afternoon prior to delivery. Easy logistics. It’s a relatively small community and everything fairly close (airport/hotels/factory). Insider tip: highly recommend Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works for dinner - and it’s walking distance from Hampton Inn.

I was overwhelmed with overall hospitality of all Rivian team members. Started getting messages from Delivery Host the afternoon prior with logistics details…then surprised to be picked up next morning at my hotel in a R1 from the Hospitality Team Leader and taken to the factory - very nice touch. Upon arrival at the plant, you get a definite west coast vibe… open atrium lobby with skylights, plants, coffee shop, gift shop, and lots of sitting areas being used by both visitors and employees. Large interior windows allow you to look directly onto the manufacturing floor. The place was bumping with lots of activity… a lot of employees mingling and several customers doing pickups. It appeared there has certainly been a strong push to finish Q3 strong.

The plant tour is conducted from elevated catwalks above the production lines. There is a single straight assembly line for the two sizes of Amazon vans, and a separate line for the R1. The R1 line does at least three 180 degree switchbacks - due to geometry of existing building. It appeared R1 line was 50/50 R1T and R1S - with each model randomly co-mingled in the line. Didn’t appear to be any mass batching of colors, interiors, or models coming down the line - surprisingly random. It’d be nice to know the algorithm that determines what’s getting made each day.

The level of automation and manufacturing technology is really impressive. Huge robots that are stamping, screwing, riveting, welding, lifting, these huge pieces along the line…and lots of assembly technicians interspersed along the line doing the detail work. It was truly hypnotic watching this huge procession of automation convert raw metals into finished product. Seeing the process makes you appreciate the cost of these vehicles!

As the R1(s) roll off the line, there are a series of QC stations to check various components and systems… and work stations to trouble shoot any that need extra attention. I got the impression that several of the QC tests were in response to issues identified by early vehicles - which makes you think early VIN problems should be getting better.

At completion of tour, your vehicle is parked and waiting for you in corporate circle drive. A delivery specialist spends about an hour going over the vehicle with you… and then you’re driving off. Never having owned an EV before, I was faced with a 500 mile drive home…I’ll write about newbie impresssions of the drive in another post - this post is already way too long.

Bottom line: if you can arrange a factory delivery, I highly recommend it. It was a great experience for me. i now have a greater appreciation for the sophistication of the manufacturing process and was equally impressed with the Rivian people I met. I sensed a simultaneous exhaustion and excitement about what they’re doing…and certainly a feeling of “caring”. The people I interacted with were excited for the customers taking delivery, and their enthusiasm was fun and contagious. It took me 18 months from deposit to delivery…and I’ve followed all of the frustrations about missed deadlines and vague communications…but getting to interact with the manufacturing team firsthand renewed the vibe most of us sensed in early RJ days - and made the wait worthwhile. It has restored a personal excitement for the vehicle. Well done Rivian!

….now for the drive home.
Great write up. Congrats and thanks for sharing.
 

COdogman

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 21, 2022
Threads
16
Messages
1,924
Reaction score
3,695
Location
Colorado
Vehicles
Tacoma TRD Pro
Occupation
Dog Wrangler
That sounds like so much fun! Thanks for sharing your experience. This is exactly what I hope to do. Can I ask how you set up your factory delivery?
 
OP
OP
EVTrukHog

EVTrukHog

Well-Known Member
First Name
Matt
Joined
Aug 31, 2021
Threads
16
Messages
185
Reaction score
219
Location
KC Service Area
Vehicles
F150, Explorer, Corvette C6
That sounds like so much fun! Thanks for sharing your experience. This is exactly what I hope to do. Can I ask how you set up your factory delivery?
My guide made it happen for me. When I started confirming final configuration, I asked if it was a possibility and they made it happen. Only had about 48 hours notice to make travel arrangements. Normally they said they do about 4-5 factory deliveries per day, but they did close to a dozen the day I was there. I suspect it had something to do with Q3 end push for deliveries. YMMV.
 


milliemc

Well-Known Member
First Name
James
Joined
Jul 17, 2022
Threads
0
Messages
118
Reaction score
43
Location
Santa Fe,NM
Vehicles
Tesla Model 3
Occupation
retired
1664676308595.jpeg


This happened on really short notice - so it was a bit of a whirlwind - but I was able to complete a factory tour and pick up of my new R1T Limestone/OC/Dark 20AT on the final day of Q3. It was a great experience! Here are some of the highlights of the tour and inaugural EV trip home.

I flew into Bloomington/Normal the afternoon prior to delivery. Easy logistics. It’s a relatively small community and everything fairly close (airport/hotels/factory). Insider tip: highly recommend Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works for dinner - and it’s walking distance from Hampton Inn.

I was overwhelmed with overall hospitality of all Rivian team members. Started getting messages from Delivery Host the afternoon prior with logistics details…then surprised to be picked up next morning at my hotel in a R1 from the Hospitality Team Leader and taken to the factory - very nice touch. Upon arrival at the plant, you get a definite west coast vibe… open atrium lobby with skylights, plants, coffee shop, gift shop, and lots of sitting areas being used by both visitors and employees. Large interior windows allow you to look directly onto the manufacturing floor. The place was bumping with lots of activity… a lot of employees mingling and several customers doing pickups. It appeared there has certainly been a strong push to finish Q3 strong.

The plant tour is conducted from elevated catwalks above the production lines. There is a single straight assembly line for the two sizes of Amazon vans, and a separate line for the R1. The R1 line does at least three 180 degree switchbacks - due to geometry of existing building. It appeared R1 line was 50/50 R1T and R1S - with each model randomly co-mingled in the line. Didn’t appear to be any mass batching of colors, interiors, or models coming down the line - surprisingly random. It’d be nice to know the algorithm that determines what’s getting made each day.

The level of automation and manufacturing technology is really impressive. Huge robots that are stamping, screwing, riveting, welding, lifting, these huge pieces along the line…and lots of assembly technicians interspersed along the line doing the detail work. It was truly hypnotic watching this huge procession of automation convert raw metals into finished product. Seeing the process makes you appreciate the cost of these vehicles!

As the R1(s) roll off the line, there are a series of QC stations to check various components and systems… and work stations to trouble shoot any that need extra attention. I got the impression that several of the QC tests were in response to issues identified by early vehicles - which makes you think early VIN problems should be getting better.

At completion of tour, your vehicle is parked and waiting for you in corporate circle drive. A delivery specialist spends about an hour going over the vehicle with you… and then you’re driving off. Never having owned an EV before, I was faced with a 500 mile drive home…I’ll write about newbie impresssions of the drive in another post - this post is already way too long.

Bottom line: if you can arrange a factory delivery, I highly recommend it. It was a great experience for me. i now have a greater appreciation for the sophistication of the manufacturing process and was equally impressed with the Rivian people I met. I sensed a simultaneous exhaustion and excitement about what they’re doing…and certainly a feeling of “caring”. The people I interacted with were excited for the customers taking delivery, and their enthusiasm was fun and contagious. It took me 18 months from deposit to delivery…and I’ve followed all of the frustrations about missed deadlines and vague communications…but getting to interact with the manufacturing team firsthand renewed the vibe most of us sensed in early RJ days - and made the wait worthwhile. It has restored a personal excitement for the vehicle. Well done Rivian!

….now for the drive home.
So, 18 months from the Reservation deposit? And did you request a factory tour? Sounds awesome.
 

COdogman

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 21, 2022
Threads
16
Messages
1,924
Reaction score
3,695
Location
Colorado
Vehicles
Tacoma TRD Pro
Occupation
Dog Wrangler
My guide made it happen for me. When I started confirming final configuration, I asked if it was a possibility and they made it happen. Only had about 48 hours notice to make travel arrangements. Normally they said they do about 4-5 factory deliveries per day, but they did close to a dozen the day I was there. I suspect it had something to do with Q3 end push for deliveries. YMMV.
That is amazing! So glad you got to do it. I’ll make sure I push for it when it’s my turn.
 

Madsen203

Well-Known Member
First Name
Michael
Joined
Jul 18, 2022
Threads
3
Messages
157
Reaction score
141
Location
Bay Area
Vehicles
Tesla Model Y
Occupation
Manager
How far do you live from factory? I’d be interested in a fly and drive + tour. Would make for a sweet trip!
 

Madsen203

Well-Known Member
First Name
Michael
Joined
Jul 18, 2022
Threads
3
Messages
157
Reaction score
141
Location
Bay Area
Vehicles
Tesla Model Y
Occupation
Manager
How far do you live from factory? I’d be interested in a fly and drive + tour. Would make for a sweet trip!
The last two vehicles I’ve bought were fly and drives - one 600 miles, another 2,000.
 
OP
OP
EVTrukHog

EVTrukHog

Well-Known Member
First Name
Matt
Joined
Aug 31, 2021
Threads
16
Messages
185
Reaction score
219
Location
KC Service Area
Vehicles
F150, Explorer, Corvette C6
How far do you live from factory? I’d be interested in a fly and drive + tour. Would make for a sweet trip!
I‘m 500 miles away. If your schedule allows it - and Rivian can accommodate you - it’s a great way to get your vehicle.
 


madgrey

Well-Known Member
First Name
Allan
Joined
Feb 26, 2022
Threads
1
Messages
78
Reaction score
47
Location
Fidalgo Island
Vehicles
R1T, ND, Gen5 Viper
Occupation
Hardware Design Verification
I've always wanted to do a fly-and-drive, but I've been too far from the places I end up finding vehicles. Plus, I'd need at least a general idea when the delivery would happen. I had no idea with the R1T, I was waiting for a updated window, thinking early 2023, and instead got a delivery notice.
 

moosetags

Well-Known Member
First Name
SuEllyn
Joined
Dec 25, 2021
Threads
18
Messages
370
Reaction score
490
Location
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Vehicles
2020 Chevrolet Pick-up; 1956 Ford Thunderbird
Occupation
Retired
Thank you for sharing your factory delivery experience with us. We are hoping to take factory delivery also.

Brian
 

Quattro Powers

Well-Known Member
First Name
QP
Joined
Oct 24, 2021
Threads
3
Messages
165
Reaction score
175
Location
Florida
Vehicles
Tesla
I enjoyed your post and am looking forward to reading about your trip home.
 

mini2nut

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2022
Threads
26
Messages
998
Reaction score
1,127
Location
SoCal
Vehicles
Tacoma, Model Y
Great post and congrats!

Loving the Limestone exterior with 20” dark wheel combination.
 

R1Sky Business

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 15, 2022
Threads
24
Messages
3,176
Reaction score
2,388
Location
CA
Vehicles
R1S
1664676308595.jpeg


This happened on really short notice - so it was a bit of a whirlwind - but I was able to complete a factory tour and pick up of my new R1T Limestone/OC/Dark 20AT on the final day of Q3. It was a great experience! Here are some of the highlights of the tour and inaugural EV trip home.

I flew into Bloomington/Normal the afternoon prior to delivery. Easy logistics. It’s a relatively small community and everything fairly close (airport/hotels/factory). Insider tip: highly recommend Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works for dinner - and it’s walking distance from Hampton Inn.

I was overwhelmed with overall hospitality of all Rivian team members. Started getting messages from Delivery Host the afternoon prior with logistics details…then surprised to be picked up next morning at my hotel in a R1 from the Hospitality Team Leader and taken to the factory - very nice touch. Upon arrival at the plant, you get a definite west coast vibe… open atrium lobby with skylights, plants, coffee shop, gift shop, and lots of sitting areas being used by both visitors and employees. Large interior windows allow you to look directly onto the manufacturing floor. The place was bumping with lots of activity… a lot of employees mingling and several customers doing pickups. It appeared there has certainly been a strong push to finish Q3 strong.

The plant tour is conducted from elevated catwalks above the production lines. There is a single straight assembly line for the two sizes of Amazon vans, and a separate line for the R1. The R1 line does at least three 180 degree switchbacks - due to geometry of existing building. It appeared R1 line was 50/50 R1T and R1S - with each model randomly co-mingled in the line. Didn’t appear to be any mass batching of colors, interiors, or models coming down the line - surprisingly random. It’d be nice to know the algorithm that determines what’s getting made each day.

The level of automation and manufacturing technology is really impressive. Huge robots that are stamping, screwing, riveting, welding, lifting, these huge pieces along the line…and lots of assembly technicians interspersed along the line doing the detail work. It was truly hypnotic watching this huge procession of automation convert raw metals into finished product. Seeing the process makes you appreciate the cost of these vehicles!

As the R1(s) roll off the line, there are a series of QC stations to check various components and systems… and work stations to trouble shoot any that need extra attention. I got the impression that several of the QC tests were in response to issues identified by early vehicles - which makes you think early VIN problems should be getting better.

At completion of tour, your vehicle is parked and waiting for you in corporate circle drive. A delivery specialist spends about an hour going over the vehicle with you… and then you’re driving off. Never having owned an EV before, I was faced with a 500 mile drive home…I’ll write about newbie impresssions of the drive in another post - this post is already way too long.

Bottom line: if you can arrange a factory delivery, I highly recommend it. It was a great experience for me. i now have a greater appreciation for the sophistication of the manufacturing process and was equally impressed with the Rivian people I met. I sensed a simultaneous exhaustion and excitement about what they’re doing…and certainly a feeling of “caring”. The people I interacted with were excited for the customers taking delivery, and their enthusiasm was fun and contagious. It took me 18 months from deposit to delivery…and I’ve followed all of the frustrations about missed deadlines and vague communications…but getting to interact with the manufacturing team firsthand renewed the vibe most of us sensed in early RJ days - and made the wait worthwhile. It has restored a personal excitement for the vehicle. Well done Rivian!

….now for the drive home.
Fantastic
 

 
Top