2020 Rivian R1T Electric Truck: InsideEVs Takes Closer Look In LA


InsideEVs’ Bradley Berman fills us in on the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck.

Brad touches on the fact that electric car adoption is heavily reliant on automakers offering EVs in the most popular vehicle segments. In the U.S., this means pickup trucks and larger SUVs. We’ve waited a long time for an all-electric pickup truck to surface, and now that the cover is off the Rivian R1T, it’s clear the automaker did its homework.

Rivian spent many years planning and designing its R1T to assure that it offers desirable features and versatility that are not found in current gas-powered trucks. Converting the ICE truck crowd to electric powertrains will prove no easy task, so we greatly appreciate Rivian’s efforts. Now, we begin the waiting game.

Securing a position as a new and successful automaker is no easy task. We’ve watched Tesla struggle for years and just finally begin to make considerable progress fairly recently. While Rivian has been at this for a long time and appears to have its ducks in a row, the company has a long road ahead. We can only hope that it will find notable success, and we wish them the best of luck in the meantime.

What do you think of the Rivian R1T? Do you think the automaker can pull it off? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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2020 Rivian R1T: LA Auto Show

InsideEVs’ Bradley Berman takes a close look at the upcoming Rivian R1T fully-electric pickup truck.


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17 Comments on "2020 Rivian R1T Electric Truck: InsideEVs Takes Closer Look In LA"

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I don’t know the Model 3 seems pretty popular, and it’s a sedan which is a declining form.
This just shows the superiority of a well designed ev, regardless of what form it takes, though eventually
evs will takeover all segments of the market.

It’s not a vehicle for me even if it were to be affordable, but it will find buyers for sure. It’s basically a big beefy sedan with a removable trunk lid more than a pickup truck. I don’t know why they are promoting the pickup so much when it’s their SUV that is likely to be more popular and functional for many more people. I like what they have started, I’m not sure about their manufacturing capability though. I haven’t heard much on why should believe they can actually deliver other than they bought an old car plant.

Oh, and dear lord! Fix those headlights. They shot their own design in the foot with those bone head headlights! Either something went wrong in translation and horizontal got confused with vertical, or somebody thought it would be cool to have a vehicle with cute emoji face on it. No matter what the case is, the front design is NOT $100,000 vehicle worthy.

If you look at the pickup truck market right now, most people are buying trucks that they think they need, not what they actually need. For example, the Honda Ridgeline is enough truck for 90% of the population, but despite that, the RAM and F-150 consistently outsell it. It’s the same with the current CUV phase that everyone seems to be in. People are buying cars with slightly more ground clearance or with all-wheel-drive for snowy conditions that might be an issue twice a year.

Pickup trucks have essentially become the large sedans of today. Seating for 5, good leg room in the back, and a covered trunk out back (with the option of carrying dirty stuff in the trunk without issue).

I think they will find a market for this. It’ll be the same types of folks that are buying Range Rovers and high-trim trucks (Platinum and King Range editions of the F-150, etc.).

I want to see Rivian succeed because the more competition, the better for the consumer.

Other than my rant about the headlights, You and I are pretty much in agreement with our statements, but I got 6 down votes and you got 4 up votes with zero down! LOL! That’s life in the comment lane for ya!

I’m very interested to see what the first Tesla pickup is going to look like. Elon Musk hinted at something very large and cyber punk looking, so that may differentiate the two quite a bit, allowing Rivian to have a healthy market share for the time being. Tesla has been talking about fast tracking the pickup, so this could mean that it beats out Rivian in regards to release date and production capacity. The R1S doesn’t seem to have any comparable EV competitors in the pipeline though, so I suspect it to do very well. Its great to see EVs designed for off road, which is one reason I have been holding off on getting a Tesla. It seems like the Rivian vehicles could have done better with aerodynamics though, which is likely a huge factor with the lower efficiency and top speed. It may be that these more traditional car designs would have to be abandoned though to achieve this, which I’m open to, provided they still perform well off road and can haul.

With all Tesla has currently in development, I seriously doubt we’ll see the Tesla Pickup on the market when the Rivian R1T goes on sale, unless the latter is seriously delayed. Even if Tesla had already finalized the design of their Pickup, where would they make it? There’s no room at Fremont, and they’ve only barely started building the Shanghai Gigafactory. Furthermore, Gigafactory 1 is apparently only barely staying ahead of demand for 2170 battery cells, so where would Tesla get the batteries for another high-volume vehicle?

Well, from the articles I’ve seen recently, the capacity will be there when they are ready to build them. Musk stated unequivocably that the Y is the priority now. I would imagine that the Semi would be, also, since they have pre-orders for 100s of them. Granted, the Semi won’t need a ramp-up of production to 1000s per week (neither would the new Roadster, for that matter), but it will take time to get going, nonetheless. That will be resources not going into the pickup.

Unless Rivian has a significant delay in their timeline, I think they will be out with the R1T at least a full year before the first Tesla pickup orders are filled.

Tesla could buy cells from Samsung, until they’re ready to produce more with Panasonic. Tesla buys cells from Samsung for their grid connected equipment.

I really like everything about except the extremely short bed. It is an outdoor trunk that needs a lot of accessories to be useful. I hope the get this to market and they are successful. The Ridgeline, Crew cab Tacoma … crowd should find it attractive.

Love how the Ford emblem’s randomly, ironically positioned in the view of the Rivian throughout the video.

I really hope Rivian can pull it off and sell tons of these (and the R1S). I never really wanted a big car and this still interests me. Just one issue (except maybe the price) — the headlights. Darn. They were so close, so close, and then the apparently got drunk…

It’s a matter of opinion. A lot of people really like the headlights.

What i think? (1) Where can i DC-charge it while at Yosemite and how long it will take? (2) Ugly. Ugliness is in the eye of the beholder, but more than average amount of people judge it is such, so it must be uglier than average. (3) How many per year? (4) How much for 400mi version, 65k really? Really??? Tesla plans to ask closer to 250k for that kind of battery, and their cell cost is the cheapest. They have no even a plan to answer (2). As for (3) and (4), we know how it all usually goes, if the 35k-announced TM3 is any indication. As in “still 0 of the base price model”, and “twice the base announced price”, as it stands as of today, for a car allegedly in production since 2017. They’ll start by trickling 50 to 200 a month for $150k each, and, being constrained by the oversized battery availability, if nothing else, they will keep doing it for a couple of years before anything of consequence to the mainstream EV sales happens in that company. There’s an idiom in our industry, “to lick the cookie”, i.e., to be the first to lay claim… Read more »
1) they are working on it – based on some things that Loveday said, they plan on having some branded DCFCs at popular remote locations, like at some National Parks out west. They will also be relying on ChargePoint’s buildout (just like VW Group and others are) for a seamless national network. 2) the design is the design, take it or leave it. It’s more futuristic than I anticipated, but it’s not a dealbreaker for me. It looks elegantly aggressive, if that makes any sense. 3) I think Loveday said what their early goals are, but I don’t remember. I’m sure they will be interested in filling demand, as Tesla did with the S and X (and are desperately trying to with the Model 3). 4) The base model (105kWh) is going to be in the $65k range, which is still hard to believe since Tesla, with EAP and other luxuries, has a starting price of $99k for the X100D (before EAP or more than the 5-seat configuration). Another article (or comment from Loveday) said that the high end is expected to be roughly in the low $90k range. Only time will tell, though. Their estimates could be on the… Read more »
Tesla or nothing derp

It’s really, really ugly. And since asethetics are about 60%+ of a buyer’s decision making process, this is a still birth. How could you so massively muck up design? Are most of their employees blind? They clearly have absolutely no idea what a truck buyer thinks. It’s basically management malpractice that they let something that looks like that get that far.

It’s all a matter of opinion. It was a massive hit at the LA Auto Show and many people love the design. There are certainly cars out there that are ugly to a majority of people. But, you talk like this is horrendous and you directly insult the company and its employees. The Tesla or nothing attitude is not conducive to supporting EVs or promoting EV adoption. If this is how you choose to show your username and how you choose to interact, you should find a different site on which to submit your comments.

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