Rivian’s First International Deliveries Have Started in Canada

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Electric vehicle (EV) startups are desperately trying to catch up to Tesla’s reach beyond the U.S. market, with fellow automaker Rivian reaching beyond its home country’s borders this month for the first time.

@Rivian had its first deliveries beyond the U.S., as debuted in a Canadian Open House event shared by the automaker on Twitter last week.

The event took place in Vancouver, British Columbia at the city’s Rocky Mountaineer Station and held over 1,500 area families, friends, kids and dogs, according to Rivian’s tweet.

The Rivian R1T pickup and R1S SUV were both featured at the event, with the first deliveries going out to those with preorders in the area.

One user in the thread asked when a similar event and expansions into the U.K. would begin, to which @Rivian said it has not yet shared details on expanding beyond the U.S. and Canada.

The news comes after Rivian said its first Canadian deliveries would be slated for July 2023 in a statement made at the end of September.

Last month, Rivian hired Diane Lye as the company’s first Chief Information Officer. Lye is expected to help the company with global expansion and she comes from veteran roles at both Amazon’s Web Services department and Citi Bank’s Capital Markets division.