New Rivian R1T Pickup Truck Renders Show Camper, Flatbed & More


Is it a truck, a camper or an SUV?

It wasn’t long ago when we learned of a nifty patent filed by Rivian. The automaker’s patent envisions a modular system for its R1T electric pickup truck.

The basic idea is that the R1T can be configured in multiple different ways depending on your needs. Need a flatbed truck? The R1T has you covered. Need to haul your toys, like some electric motorcycles or ATVs? The Rivian truck can do that too.

From those patents, our friends over at dreamed up some slick renders that provide with a look at the various R1T configurations. Here’s the whole family rendered below:

One of the renders appears to show a sort of SUV-like look. This would only be possible if the rear section of the R1T cab was removable in some sort of way. That seems highly unlikely, especially since the automaker already has the R1S electric SUV, but still, take a look at it below. Maybe it’s more a camper than SUV?

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Here at RivianForums, we’ve worked up these digital previews to bring Rivian’s patent to life and show various configurations possible including the basic flatbed configuration, the cargo box utility module, a topper module, a recreational camper top module and the removable side rail module.

Take a look at the rest of the slick renders right below:

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24 Comments on "New Rivian R1T Pickup Truck Renders Show Camper, Flatbed & More"

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All looking very nice.

I would, however, caution them: they’ve already got lots of hype for their vehicles; I’m sure more hype is always welcome, but they need to be careful about over-promising, because as Tesla has found out, the critics can be quick to turn on you if you don’t deliver absolutely everything you’ve promised.

they haven’t promised anything though around this.. people dug up the patents, and other people (not rivian) created 3d renders of the patent photos. So, the criticism I guess could be to fans of Rivian.. making all these fake renders sets peoples expectations that may be tough to live up to.

This goes for Tesla too.. that widely circulated ‘weird mobile’ truck that is used as a standin for the tesla truck when it didn’t come from tesla prob doesn’t help them either. In that case though, the image lowers the bar 🙂

Strongly agree, which is why I wish this site would stop (re-)publishing these fan fiction renders.

(And no, clearly labeling them as such is not good enough. It’s just publishing anything that’s in any way related to an EV to pander for clicks.)

What “weird mobile” truck? Are you talking about the pickup truck render? IIRC, that did come from Tesla.

Yes, but that image has been used out of context in ways which suggest it’s not the joke that it pretty obviously was. The original concept drawing/render from Tesla showed a normal pickup in the bed of a truck built off a Semi Truck; a truck with a very oversized pickup bed. Sadly, InsideEVs has run articles using that image with the smaller pickup Photoshopped out, and thus no indication it’s much too large to be an actual pickup truck, as if to suggest that’s the actual design Tesla is planning to use for the Tesla Pickup.


I’ll take a Bollinger pickup truck over the Rivian.

are you aware that they are going to be 10,000 lbs, no airbags nor crash testing as part of being a class 3 vehicle?

Yeah, but they look really cool!

BTW The truck will not weight 10,000 lbs, it will likely be half that. 10k lbs is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating(GVWR). GVWR is defined as the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer including the vehicle’s chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers and cargo but excluding that of any trailers.

Well, I’d say that strongly depends on your definition of “cool”. The interior of the Bollinger B1 looks like a larger version of a WW II military jeep. No comfort or safety features anywhere; not even a padded dash, let alone air bags. I think I’m more in favor of utilitarian design than Joe Average, but I’d want more creature comforts and a lot more safety features than that!

No offense to Bollinger; they aren’t trying to make a daily driver or a pickup. Bollinger is trying to make a commercial vehicle for offroad heavy hauling at work / construction sites.

My dream EV pickup truck would resemble a Chevy Avalanche – type system. The difference being that the Avalanche system seemed clunky and heavy. Plus, automakers want to sell you a pickup truck to haul things AND an SUV to haul grocerues and kids. The Avalanche was an odd animal in that GM realized there was a niche for that guy who wanted a truck but wasn’t satisfied with putting a canopy in back for dry hauling when your load usn’t very secure. Thats why the Avalanche idea was spawned, but also why it really was kind if nutty. Imagine building a body on truck frame pickup truck, then welding together a station wagon box to turn it into a SUV, now cut the back of tgat body off to turn it back into a truck! This is why the Avalanche was neither a good truck, nor a good SUV. Too heavy to have efficiency or decent handling dynamics (for a truck) and a bed area too narrow and short to have decent hauling capability. Thus my huge conundrum which lead me to determine that the PERFECT configurable vehicle for family and hauling is a VAN. It keeps your cargo… Read more »

(Original James) The Chevy Avalanche was a Swiss Army Knife kind of truck that attempted to be all things to all families. It never really accomplished true truck utility or SUV practicality albeit a clever idea. I could not see owning a Rivian and paying grandly for the modular bed options. First, the expense. The truck itself will cost more than ICE trucks. Those flat beds, canopy beds and side rails would be expensive and heavy. Second, where would we put all these configurable parts? The modular pieces would be heavy to attach and awkward to store.

I can see eyelets on top, then winching the canopy, flatbed or half bed toward the garage ceiling, then backing the truck into it’s parking space as one solution, but that still bears the question of cost.

Lastly, when Avalanche or Ridgeline versatilty comes to mind, we have to think about the wall or cab body between the rear seats and the bed. How will Rivian deal with that? If you cannot solve the issue of longer bed length with this expensive modularity, why bother at all?

With a 4.5′ bed, it’s no camper. The dirt bikes are hugely optimistic as well, unless they’re 50cc or 80cc kids bikes then it might be to scale.

Precisely. The modular “add-on” would have to extend the truck at least two feet to be useful in those two applications.
Very doable, just not shown here.

People complain about articles about concept cars, but fan renders are even worse, IMO.

I wonder how powerful their DC-DC converter is…
I would love to be able to run bunches of different 12V accessories, like light bars, winches, HAM radio’s, CB radio, air compressor, 120/240v power inverters.
Toyota 4Runner(with aftermarket alternator and dual 12v battery system), can easily handle any of that.

For the Rivian truck or SUV to compete in that space, it needs to be able to handle those aftermarket accessories just as well.

The Rivian will have roughly 1.2kW of exportable power. Enough for standard electronics, but not enough for power tools. Very limited power.

I have a feeling that anyone who changes the world faster than legacy interests want is in for a lot of criticism. The better you are the hotter the blowback.

I wonder of GM is just playing with Rivian, or is GM seriously interested. When the pickup market starts in 2020, does GM feel they need an entry? Could GM get a Rivan to market faster than an internal development? Does the Rivan offer any feature advantage over a Tesla model? How far along is Ford?

We don’t know anything yet about the Tesla pickup.

So far Tesla offers a unibody Model X crossover and soon smaller Model Y crossover.

Rivian will be body on frame vehicles with higher tow and payload capacity than the crossovers as well as much better off-road capability like wading depth in water, ground clearance, departure angles etc.

Rivian will also offer 105 kWh,135 kWh and 180 kWh packs with upto 410 miles of range.

Having an upright C pillar in the Rivian SUV will be able to offer better room and sightlines ( reduces chance of car sickness) in the third row.

All the advantages of Rivian come at the cost of efficiency and lower MPGe.

By this summer we will be able to compare Tesla and Rivian pickups.

This is fantastic. In late 1990s Honda introduced the folding 3rd row seat in a minivan, then vans/cuvs became so functional that the 2nd and 3rd row seat can be completely removed to make the vehicle so functional.

Now Rivian is following the same concept by making the cargo bed so functional.
Left open like the right most picture: to tow a trailer or mount a camper, carry bikes
With cargo bed: to carry less stuff.
With topper module: to carry more stuff and also securely from rain/snow/thieves.

I like the one with topper module. But this is only for carrying cargo and not passengers since the frame does not extend to the rear of the vehicle like in SUV. So for those who want a 7/8 seater, they better choose R1S.
Will it offer R1S with 9 seater config (3 rows of 3 seats each). I believe Chevy-Suburban has that option.

“Now Rivian is following the same concept by making the cargo bed so functional.”

These are just fan renders. I know Rivian has advertised modularity, but (so far as I’ve seen) only in the sense that Rivian says it can configure the vehicle for different tasks before it’s made and delivered; not suggesting the driver can swap out one module for another.

Remember the Nissan Pulsar?
How many of those optional Sportbak’s do you think they sold? Probably not that many.

These are not Rivian!!!!