Covered Rivian R1T refresh spotted driving in California

Credit: u/xforce650 | Reddit

A covered Rivian R1T refresh was seen driving in California a few days ago, and many have rumored that the vehicle belongs to CEO RJ Scaringe.

After an R1T refresh was spotted performing cold weather testing in Alaska in February, one Reddit user shared a picture on Friday of the refreshed vehicle driving on San Francisco’s I-280. The R1T in the image includes a camouflage wrap, and many users in the thread noted that it was Scaringe’s personal truck, with one person even saying they saw him standing outside the pickup earlier that day.

You can see the photo of the R1T refresh below.

Credit: u/xforce650 | Reddit

Some expect Rivian to launch refreshed R1T and R1S vehicles sometime this year, though the automaker hasn’t made any official statements about the re-design. The photo also shows the taillights covered fairly well by the wrap, suggesting that the company may be set to debut an updated taillight and headlight design.

Many have also speculated that the upcoming vehicle could feature a number of other design changes, including an updated heat pump, a new camera configuration and improved battery efficiency. Others have also speculated that the refreshed R1T or R1S units could include Tesla’s charging port, but little is known about the upcoming launch.

Rivian recently celebrated a production milestone of 100,000 units, after unveiling its forthcoming R2 and R3 vehicles last month. The automaker has also temporarily shut down its factory in Normal, Illinois, as it retools production lines until the end of this month, expected by some to be related to the upcoming refresh launch.

Last month, Tesla also opened its vast Supercharger network to Rivian and Ford vehicles, ahead of the charging network becoming available to other electric vehicle (EV) brands in the coming months.

Rivian is aiming to produce 57,000 vehicles this year, after producing a total of 57,232 in 2023, and delivering 50,122. The automaker also built and delivered 13,980 and 13,588 units in the first quarter, respectively, surpassing analyst estimates.

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Covered Rivian R1T refresh spotted driving in California
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