Pickup trucks are a popular category for both private and business uses. However, when it comes to battery-powered pickup trucks, the segment had suffered neglect until recently when Rivian, an EV startup, announced its hotly anticipated R1T truck. What does the R1T truck offer? Is it enough to tempt pickup fans to switch to electric? Read the rest of this article to find out.
Rivian R1T FAQs
What kind of battery does the Rivian R1T offer?
The Rivian RT1 has a 7,776 cell, 9-module assembly for the 135 kWh battery pack. There is an optional 180 kWh “Max Pack” battery that is expected to be available in 2023.
What is the maximum range for the Rivian R1T?
One of the features potential EV buyers check first is the driving range. This is important because the range determines how far you can drive your EV before you have to stop for a charge. In this regard, the R1T does not disappoint. Thanks to its 134 kWh lithium-ion battery, the base model can go 324 miles between charges. The company even promises a bigger 180 kWh that extends the range to more than 400 miles.
How fast does the Rivian R1T battery charge?
Charging is fast, with maximum speed at 210 kW, and can add 140 miles in 20 minutes. On Level 2 chargers, you can add 25 miles per hour. Rivian is building charging stations in key locations so that you can charge anywhere.
How much horsepower and torque does the Rivian R1T offer?
The Rivian R1T is really fast, thanks to its four electric motors that output 835 hp and 908 lb-ft of torque.
How fast can the Rivian R1T go from 0-60mph?
This setup is powerful enough to boost the truck from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds, even though you might never need to take off that fast. Regenerative braking is significant, meaning you get a chance to top up the battery as you drive around.
How much can the Rivian R1T tow?
Rivian says the truck can tow up to 11,000 lb behind it, which is quite impressive. However, you must note that towing reduces your battery life significantly.
What is the maximum payload capacity on the Rivian R1T?
The maximum payload is 1,760 lb, excellent for a midsize truck.
Can you take the Rivian R1T off-road?
Yes! The Rivian R1T offers over 8 unique drive modes, 4 of which are focused on off-road performance. You can even raise the R1T height by up to 6.5 inches to ford water or climb over obstacles. This is important because the truck is marketed as your off-road companion.
What is the interior like on the Rivian R1T?
Inside the cabin, Rivian has taken time to make it comfortable. In fact, its goal was to make you want to spend time in the truck. There is a touch screen center console where you access all the settings. The company has taken a leaf out of Tesla’s playbook because you won’t find any physical buttons. Some luxury features include vegan leather seating and a panoramic sunroof.
What are some technology features available on the Rivian R1T?
Rivian uses its proprietary software to run the infotainment, meaning there is no integration with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Nevertheless, the Rivian R1T is packed with available technology like bluetooth, wireless chargers, Alexa voice commands and LTE / WiFi capability.
How much storage is on the Rivian R1T?
Storage is plentiful, with more than 62 cubic feet when you add up the bed, font trunk, under-seat compartment, etc.
What are some unique features on the Rivian R1T?
There are interesting touches, like a Bluetooth speaker that you can detach so that it can power a party and a notch inside the door for storing a flashlight. The flashlight charges when stored.
What kind of extra options are available on the Rivian R1T?
Rivian is offering a boatload of practical extras. For example, there is an air compressor for pumping the tires when you have a flat out in the woods. The truck even brings out the chef in you with the optional outdoor kitchen at the cost of $5,000. You could also kit up for camping trips by adding the $2,500 tent.
Does the Rivian R1T provide over-the-air updates – like Tesla?
Rivian is committed to over-the-air updates to make the truck even better, just like Tesla.
Does the Rivian R1T offer autopilot?
The Rivian software features Driver+ for assisting with driving, but you shouldn’t expect the same feature set as Tesla’s Autopilot. However, it will help you change lanes or keep to a lane and acts as adaptive cruise control. It is important that you maintain full attention while in Driver+ mode.
What colors are available on the Rivian R1T?
The Rivian R1T comes in 9 available color options. The colors are listed below:
-El Cap Granite
What trim levels are available on the Rivian R1T?
The Rivian R1T comes in 3 available equipment packages. The Launch Edition and Adventure Package are the two premium trim levels. The Explore Package is technically the “base” trim level however, it still comes with many luxury features.
How much does the Rivian R1T cost?
Despite the ruggedness that Rivian promotes, the Rivian R1T is more of a luxury pickup truck, and it shows in the pricing. The Launch Edition, which the company started delivery with, starts at $73,000 and can quickly go up as you add upgrades. There is a base trim that starts from $67,500.
What other electric trucks compete with the Rivian R1T?
The only other electric truck delivered to customers is the GMC Hummer EV, an electric reincarnation of the popular Hummer. However, the Hummer is much more expensive. Later this year, the R1T will compete with the Ford F-150 Lightning and possibly the Tesla Cybertruck.
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