Electric pickup truck maker Rivian Automotive has announced it is pushing back the initial production date of its debut vehicle the R1T. While production was due to begin in July, the new date will be sometime in September. ““The cascading impacts of the pandemic have had a compounding effect greater than anyone anticipated,” Chief Executive Officer R.J. Scaringe said in a letter sent Friday to customers. “Everything from facility construction, to equipment installation, to vehicle component supply (especially semiconductors) has been impacted by the pandemic.” Scaringe went on to say. Rivian is backed by Amazon who have a deal with the nascent automaker to produce 100,000 electric delivery vans for them. Rivian also shifted the timeline for its second model an electric SUV from August to an unspecified time in the fall. Scaringe acknowledged that launching three vehicle lines at once was a complex task. Small issues translated into much larger delays, Scaringe said.