Rivian will begin production in 2021, with customer deliveries expected to begin from July – but Australia will have to wait.
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Information has leaked suggesting US electric vehicle start-up Rivian will begin deliveries of the R1T pick-up to customers from July 2021.

The report emerged on the Rivian Owner's Forum, with a user posting a screenshot of what appears to be an email sent to customers advising them of the car maker's plans.

The Rivian R1T pick-up – shown in testing in late June 2020 – is a fully-electric ute expected to compete directly with the Tesla Cybertruck. It will be joined by the Rivian R1S SUV model from August 2021.

Rivian is being sued after rival Tesla alleged that some of its former employees stole intellectual property.

The leaked email from the forum suggests Rivian is starting its "pilot" production line at its factory in the US state of Illinois this week. The video at the bottom of this story shows pre-production models being assembled by hand.

Is Rivian coming to Australia?

A spokesperson for Rivian told CarAdvice in April 2019 the company was planning to launch the R1T ute and R1S SUV in Australia in 2022.

Right-hand-drive models have been part of the company's plans from the beginning, the spokesperson said at the time.

It's understood the company will likely adopt a Tesla-style distribution model, in which vehicles are purchased directly from the company.

Earlier this month Rivian announced it had completed a US$2.5 billion (AU$3.6B) investment round.