An American electric vehicle start-up has become the first company to start mass-producing an electric pick-up truck, taking the lead in a race with its competitors, including Tesla and General Motors.
Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe tweeted that the company's first electric pickup, the R-1-T, was rolled off the line Tuesday, local time, at its plant in Illinois.
The R-1-T will start at 73-thousand U.S. dollars.
It has a range of 314 miles on one charge -- about 500 kilometers -- and uses battery cells made by Samsung SDI.
Rivian was founded in 2009, and has stayed largely under the radar, but last month filed for an IPO with a valuation as high as 80 billion dollars.