Adventure gets a jolt
Rivian is a fresh, new American electric vehicle maker and tech company that first became known for making electric delivery vans for Amazon. Now, they’ve got benchmark-setting models shaking up the EV category, including the first-ever electric pickup truck and an SUV built on the same platform.
Both the R1T and R1S boast impressive all-weather capabilities on par with traditional trucks, plus forward-thinking cabin tech — these connected vehicles can receive software updates over the air.
The Rivian brand is heavily adventure-focused. Each Rivian vehicle comes with a bevy of camping- and exploration-friendly features, like the innovative Gear Tunnel and optional camp kitchen in the R1T, which includes a collapsible sink, two-burner stove, and water tank.
Both the Rivian R1T and Rivian R1S were developed with inclement weather and trail prowess top of mind. Quad electric motors power Rivian’s all-wheel drive EV trucks, with eight different traction modes to choose from when the going gets tough.
The R1T, Rivian’s first model, can come with three different battery sizes, but all trims boast a ludicrous 835 horsepower from the electric motors, which bring the truck to 60 mph in just three seconds flat. That’s a modern supercar acceleration figure coming from a five-ton electric truck.
Electric Adventure Vehicles — that’s how Rivian classifies their trucks. Don’t let the high-end price tag, modern styling, and semi-autonomous vehicle technology throw you off — Rivian has built the R1T and R1S to handle all kinds of conditions with poise and athleticism. If you’re headed on a road trip to the outdoors for camping, hiking, or skiing, a Rivian truck will surely get you there without a fuss.
The R1T is the first all-electric pickup truck to be sold, ever. It’s currently only available in North America, but everyone who’s test driven one sings its praises. Adaptable all-wheel drive, 835 horsepower, and up to 314 miles of battery range just might steer some away from their gasoline-powered truck. More electric pickups will hit the market soon, but for now, this is the only game in town.
Rivian’s electric SUV is built on the same platform as the R1T, and that’s a fantastic thing. Battery options, range, and interior features should be nearly identical to the truck, as is the handsome, modern exterior design that makes this big EV really stand out. If you’re prepared to fork over a bit of money, this is one of the most exciting new EVs out there.
It’s been reported Rivian may be planning smaller models, potentially named the R2S and R3S, which could be compact SUVs or crossovers aimed at European and Asian markets. Currently, the R1T and R1S are only sold in the US and Canada, and new, smaller Rivian vehicles would help the company expand.