Electric vehicle maker Rivian has begun building out its Canadian service network as it prepares to deliver its first pickups and SUVs to Canadian customers this summer.
The start-up would not share how many Canadian locations it will eventually set up, but said it is “busy” working on service centres that will support its Canadian customers.
“The service centres will form part of our delivery experience as well as hosting customer events,” Rivian spokeswoman Laura Weston told Automotive News Canada in an emailed statement.
Rivian has begun recruiting staff for its Vancouver service centre, Weston added, but the company would not elaborate.
Earlier this year, Rivian confirmed the first Canadian deliveries of its R1T and R1S are scheduled for this July. The launch editions of the electric pickup and SUV will be the first to arrive. A pair of lower cost variants of both vehicles will follow.
Production for the new EV brand is centred around Rivian’s assembly plant in Normal, Ill., southwest of Chicago. Output at the plant, however, has been slow since the assembly line lurched to life in September 2021, with the company blaming supply chain problems for the number of units produced. As of March 31, the company has built 3,568 vehicles.