See The Rivian R1T In More Detail Here

NOV 26 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 18

How about a more detailed, up-close look and explanation regarding the all-new, upcoming Rivian R1T electric pickup truck?

Thankfully, our great friend Sean Mitchell has been following the Rivian launch for some time. In fact, he was in the Detroit area way back in May to get an exclusive look at Rivian’s products, and more specifically, the R1T all-electric pickup truck. Some of us at InsideEVs are local to the Detroit area, but still had to wait until recently to check out Rivian’s upcoming product line.

Sean has had to keep it quiet for over six  months now (despite the fact that some publications broke the embargo and published secret specs and information prematurely). However, since the embargo lifted this morning, he is finally able to reveal his thoughts, as well as elaborate on the specs, which were just announced today. While Sean is clear to state that he is a Tesla fan, he’s an EV fan by heart and makes a concerted effort to dive into all upcoming EV development, and we’re impressed with his work and connections. Moreover, Sean — like us — denounces all the brand fighting and negativity that seems to come with new electric vehicle announcements.

Sean will be at the official unveiling this evening, which coincides with the LA Auto Show. He hopes to post live video and then provide some insight after the event. We will be in touch with him and continuing to put out news as we receive it. For now, Sean has worked up a video presentation outlining the R1T’s specs and details to get us all pumped up. All we can say right now — and have said repeatedly in the past — is that Rivian seems to be the real deal when it comes to future EVs, and Sean seems to agree. The company has capital, big plans, a solid vision, and a working production facility. We feel the new automaker has gone about the process in a respectable manner and has incredible products to offer. We can only hope that it will all materialize as advertised.

Stay tuned as we continue to share about the R1T and also the automaker’s R1S electric SUV.

Video description via Sean Mitchell on YouTube:

Rivian R1T EV Pickup Truck specs are HERE!!

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18 Comments on "See The Rivian R1T In More Detail Here"

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Adoreizi

Looks fantastic!

Have they announced production goals in 2020, 2021?

F150 Brian

Quick Takeaways:
– happy they call it “truck” and not “pickup”
– nice offroad stance – great wheels
– frunk and gear tube have obvious benefits for family trips/outdoor adventures
– about the same width/track/height as a full size, shorter than any crewcab full size pickup
– about 2/3 the volume in the bed as a typical crew cab pickup, just over 1/2 volume of a standard bed (6.5′)
– not sure that tailgate will be able to support much weight – needs extra support beyond the “retractor” cables
– exterior design is actually quite nice, save for the headlights (would have been nicer with round headlights – see Jeep JL Wranger)
– interior is obviously top spec (and expensive) looks too Land Rover’ish) – hopefully more options with less bling and $$$
– specs look good – can’t wait to see some independent reviews
– not sure what to make of pricing – is the $69k price the equivalent of the Model 3’s $35k? Hopefully demand is low so I can get a lower priced model before 2025 😉

DAVID

The headlights are the only fugly piece on this truck. I hope they go back to the drawing board before release.

Dav8or

Agreed. They really need to rethink those and there is time. It looks pretty stupid the way it is. Definitely NOT $100,000 vehicle worthy. The rest of the exterior is OK. Not a huge fan of the side dual swoops, but they’re not offensive.

Gibber

I think the styling and lighting front and back looks great, although they will have to add amber to the front corners to satisfy D.O.T

Andy

I don’t see an issue with the “Retractor” cables. They’re don’t look any different to the ones you get on other trucks. Nice to see they’re easy to take off though (more like an international pickup), although that’s beneficial because they have foregone the step on the rear bumper others have. That in itself helps the departure angle though…

F150 Brian

On a traditional truck, they are fixed cables that fold out of the way as the tailgate goes up. They are crazy strong.
On the Rivian, it looks liek they are used to close the gate, with motors in the bed sides, so the cable is pulling on the motor’s spool. Will have to see in person (or in a review), just doesn’t seem like it would be strong.

Andy

I guess it depends on whether its got a separate braking mechanism or just uses the motor.

It’s a good point though. Trucks like the Silverado have a different system for their power lift and don’t use the cables.

Larry4pyro

Looks like the dam holding back electric trucks is about to break. In addition to Rivian, Workhorse will be selling their consumer version of an electric pickup in 2020. As a point of reference the Workhorse W-15 is a 80 mile range extender EV or a 200 mile BEV both at the same price, $52,500 before state and Federal incentives. This means the W-15 will be price competitive with current base model gas pickups.

Bill Howland

Yeah Larry, I could take this vehicle a bit more seriously if it didn’t try to be all things to all people. . The workhorse trucks seem more workaday practical.

Derek

Plus ya got Bollinger & Atlis.

Bill Howland
It will be interesting to see as more details are released. A 48 ampere charger doesn’t really seem enough for a 180 kwh battery, although that is the largest North American Tesla model available these days also, but a full day’s recharge time is probably better than nothing. You’ll have to plan on spending 18 hours to recharge the thing, but thankfully it won’t need a full charge every day – or at least – of the people who actually buy it. I was a bit disappointed in the spec sheet that seemed to indicate you had to take super huge motors to get the largest battery. That just needlessly ups the cost for someone who wants a decent range but doesn’t plan on drag racing it. But since the old truck makers are basically forgetting about ev’s in their line up, there will be plenty of room for new-thinking competition. I’d have to see that front end in person – the car it brought most to mind was the 1958 Edsal, and all the requisite jokes about what that car looked like. As far as mixing English and Metric measurements, My Dad was all gung-ho on the metric system.… Read more »
TomArt

They do say that there is a DCFC capability (the charger isn’t onboard for that).

The chart above also shows that all versions get the exact same 4 motors. The power output differs due to the pack capcity.

They also tout the improved vehicle control with 4 independent motors, in addition to offroading abilities.

Tid

The video says the towing capacity is 3500 kg but the Rivian website says 5000 kg. Which is the correct number? Or maybe the 3500 kg is for the entry level trim and 5000 kg is for the higher end trims?