Let’s Look Back At The Rivian R1S Electric SUV Live Reveal: Video


What about the Rivian R1S all-electric, three-row SUV?

Sifting through our drafts and published content, we came to the conclusion that we may have never posted the official premiere of the Rivian R1S SUV. Perhaps it got lost in the shuffle, since we spent so much time, as did Rivian, dealing with the R1T all-electric  pickup truck. At any rate, since the company’s vehicles are hugely popular now and seem to be the real deal for a number of reasons, this surely deserves sharing.

Since the LA Auto Show, the Rivian R1T electric truck and R1S electric SUV have taken the nation by storm. What were once deemed potential new EV entrants seem to be much more of a reality at this point. Perhaps it’s due in part to the plethora of mainstream coverage? Or maybe Amazon’s decision to bite with a large investment. In addition, there’s still a chance GM is working on a deal as well.

Regardless of any reasons, we’ve asserted all along that Rivian is likely the real deal. One would only that hope after years and years of time and investments, this would be no joke. Not to mention Rivian already owns a working production facility, has a plethora of cash coming in, and seems more than well on its way to building these vehicles in quantity.

The huge popularity of the upcoming Rivian vehicles means it’s high time to share and celebrate. Since we never posted the premiere video of the R1S electric SUV, we’ve shared it above. Stay tuned for a multitude of additional coverage in the near future.

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9 Comments on "Let’s Look Back At The Rivian R1S Electric SUV Live Reveal: Video"

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Thanks for sharing, Steven!

It’s interesting that the unusual design of the headlights is just part of the design for the “face”, including the white stripe which is running lights, and that — as I expected — Rivian intentionally gave the “face” a distinctive, “different” look, as if to say “This isn’t your father’s SUV/SUT; it’s a Rivian vehicle!”

Some of the claims for these vehicles are pretty remarkable, especially the claim for climbing a 45° slope — and no, I don’t mean a 45% slope, which is far less steep. I wonder if this is something the cars can achieve in a practical sense, or is that just theoretical? And if they really can climb at that angle — would the tires provide enough traction to do it? — then what’s the weight limit for passengers/ cargo while doing so? At what point is there a danger of the car tipping over backward?

Go Rivian!

Well I give them the nod even without really having any volume, yet, but they’ve always gone about things in a more measured, sedate pace, and lately with red-hot interest in the product, more fiscal backing, and little to no competition in the space, it would go against the flow of the tide which is turning to evs, for them not to succeed.
Nice vehicles too.

Would the poster who lectured me last year on why modular batteries couldn’t be done please Turn in your engineering license.

I think you’re mixing up the (very likely impractical) idea of removable auxiliary li-ion battery modules in an EV, as described in a (likely only hypothetical) Rivian patent, with the idea of assembling an EV battery pack out of modules, so it can have larger or smaller capacity.

I did listen to the presenter’s speech; I definitely did not hear him mention removable or auxiliary modules. He did mention different pack sizes, but that’s certainly nothing new.

So, I don’t think anyone needs to turn in either his real or imagined “engineering license”. 😉

25 mins was too long for me to listen for some data. For those who watched, was there anything on range, price, 0 to 60 mph times, or expected availability?

The well thought out Rivian SUV and truck production-intent concept EVs are receiving deserved positive publicity.

Amazon’s recent $700m investment in Rivian is a huge vote of confidence for Rivian and a great strategic partner for Rivian to have which should greatly improve Rivian’s staying power to make it to production. Rivian will need very deep pocket strategic backers and/or access to the public equity market to get them through the high cost of achieving sustainable volume production… more $b will certainly be needed to get them there.

My biggest reservation about Rivian is they have been in the “development phase” for 10 years. Hopefully Rivian will prove out they can meet the significant challenge of transitioning from solely a great concept engineering firm to also a volume production car maker.

Would be great to see Rivian SUVs & trucks start showing up on the roads!

It’s hard to overestimate the value Rivian success could have in advancing the rEVolution. Electric trucks selling well in the US and stealing customers from Ford, GM, and FCA? Bring it, PLEASE. But none of us should let that potential cloud our judgment. Rivian still has a very long and tough road from where they are today to even a small fraction of Tesla’s numbers. We all sit around our virtual camp fire here and tell each other how hard it is to take a laboratory breakthrough and turn it into a commercial product. In Rivian’s case, a lot of the hard invention and engineering work has already been done, either by them or some other company. But they still face many hurdles. I want them to succeed, even though I’m not a truck guy. (I am, however, a biosphere guy, so the more EVs on the road, the better.) The real question is what scale will they produce and sell. If they make it across the finish line only to wind up selling 2,000 trucks/year in the US, that will make them a niche producer that F/GM/FCA can too easily dismiss while they go back to “innovating” with overly… Read more »

Lou Grinzo said: “…If they [Rivian] make it across the finish line only to wind up selling 2,000 trucks/year in the US, that will make them a niche producer…”

Rivian needs to sell 50,000+/year EVs globally to achieve minimum sustainable production at the price point they are advertising.

To put that into perspective:

Ford sold 1.07M F-Series trucks in 2017 globally with ~900,000 of those being U.S. sales… making Ford F-150 the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

Will we get to see this pick up at the NYC Auto show in April 2019 ?