Rivian Beats Q1 Delivery Expectations, Hits 100,000 Car Milestone

Rivian has achieved a significant milestone, producing 100,000 cars, as it surpassed Q1 delivery expectations despite concerns over the electric vehicle (EV) sector’s growth.

The company delivered 13,588 vehicles in the first quarter ended March 31, outperforming the forecast of 12,415 units by 16 analysts from Visible Alpha. This growth was driven by strong demand for its electric pickup trucks and SUVs.

However, Rivian’s shares fell by 5% in response to Tesla’s Q1 production and delivery numbers, which have sparked fears of an EV market slowdown.

Despite these challenges, Rivian has reaffirmed its annual production forecast and announced a weeks-long production stoppage in the second quarter for production line enhancements. The company attributed its slight miss in first-quarter production estimates to the transition to new suppliers for better cost efficiency and material quality.

Rivian also mentioned that it has several thousand additional vehicles pending delivery due to a part awaited in April. In a strategic move to expand its product lineup and make electric vehicles more accessible, Rivian unveiled its R2 SUVs and R3 crossovers last month, planning to manufacture these models at its existing U.S. plant, a decision expected to save the company more than $2 billion, as it will delay a plant in Georgia.

On Wednesday morning, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe announced Rivian had produced its 100,000th vehicle, reaching a new milestone.