The Rivian R1T is a new electric pickup truck that is extremely impressive. And you can place a preorder for one today! You need to put down a $1,000 deposit. But you will an owner of one of the coolest trucks on the road. This truck is HOT!
It’s equipped with a front trunk and does 0 to 60 in an outrageous 3 seconds.
The Rivian electric pickup truck will set you back $61,500 when all said and done. (Uncle Sam will give you a tax credit to bring down the starting price of $69,000.)
Stats For The Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck
At 215.6 inches long, the R1T is similar in size to current mid-size trucks but its 79.3-inch width and 135.8-inch wheelbase are closer to measurements of full-size offerings. Factor in the 55-inch bed length—short, even by mid-size truck standards—and the result appears to be a very spacious passenger cabin.
Battery options at launch will be 135- and 180-kilowatt-hour capacities, with four electric motors providing a combined 750 horsepower and 820 pound-feet of torque with either option. Just as with Tesla, a lower-priced option with a 105-kwh battery and 402-hp output will be offered down the line. Rivian said the wait will be about 12 months after the first models are delivered.
Rivian’s range estimates are more than 300 miles for the 135-kwh battery, more than 400 miles for the 180-kwh option, and 230 miles for the planned 105-kwh option. The company is yet to announce whether it has a supplier for its batteries or will manufacture them in-house.
The company was founded in 2009 by RJ Scaringe, who holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT, where he was a researcher in the Sloan Automotive Laboratory, a green transportation incubator. His original plan was to bring a high-performance electric coupe to market, and that plan looked viable enough to get buy-in from some early investors that included retired Chrysler design boss and Motor Trend Car of the Year judge Tom Gale.
This initial round of capital funded construction of a running prototype by 2011; but by then the automotive landscape had changed enough to prompt a rethink of the product and business plan to include the aforementioned trucks, which will mostly share a running skateboard chassis design. Along with this shift in focus came the current name of the company—Rivian, which is simply a mashup of syllables from Indian River, after the Florida Intracoastal Waterway along which Scaringe grew up.
The new and improved business case helped Rivian secure significant funding from the investment arm of Abdul Latif Jameel Company Ltd—a Saudi conglomerate that owns several renewable energy subsidiaries around the world and has a large automotive footprint in the Middle East (at times claiming the distinction of being the world’s largest independent Toyota/Lexus distributor).
This funding source has helped Rivian expand to an enterprise that employs 350 people in four locations: A large, open and airy sleekly modern R&D center and headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan, a western suburb of Detroit; two locations in California—Irvine, where the battery and control systems are developed, and San Jose, which is responsible for connectivity and autonomy; and a 2.6-million-square-foot assembly plant in Normal, Illinois. The plant formerly built the beloved Mitsubishi Eclipse and came with equipment for stamping, injection molding, body shop, paint, and final assembly of 250,000 vehicles per year.
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