Rivian Shows Us How R1T Electric Truck Was Born

NOV 30 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 23

New behind-the-scenes footage.

The Rivian R1T debut at the L.A. Auto Show has gotten a lot of people excited. Soon, many may be able to drive the sort of vehicle they’ve long dreamed of: an all-electric pickup truck with even better performance than they might have even imagined. Zero-to-60 in an eye-blinking 3 seconds; a range of over 400 miles; incredible waist-deep river-fording; impossibly steep trail tackling off-road capability. Yes!

The company has now published a new video (above) that takes us behind the scenes, showing us the development of their baby. Clearly, potential customers aren’t the only people excited. The team working hard over the years trying to bring this remarkable product to fruition is also pridefully joyous.

Company founder RJ Scaringe (who resembles Clark Kent — seemingly mild-mannered but hiding certain superpowers) kicks things off by narrating the reasons for the company’s existence. We see him leading a motivational staff meeting before meeting some of these folks, who let us look over their shoulders as they design various subsystems and talk about their jobs.

Interspersed throughout are clips of the pickup. We see it as a clay styling buck as well as footage of it frolicking it forests, at the beach, and in the mountains. For those more technically-minded there are shots of the 2170-format battery cells which make up the monster packs, along with more mechanical bits. There’s definitely something for everyone who has an interest in this one-of-a-kind product.

So what are you waiting for? Hit play already!

RIVIAN R1T

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23 Comments on "Rivian Shows Us How R1T Electric Truck Was Born"

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Pushmi-Pullyu

“For those more technically-minded there are shots of the 2170-format battery cells which make up the monster packs…”

What battery cell manufacturer is making 2170-style cells for Rivian?

I see Rivian is trying to copy Tesla in more ways than one… which is probably a good business plan.

Go Rivian!

antrik

I don’t think any cell maker is making cells specifically for Rivian at this point… They still have two years till production!

I wouldn’t be surprised if they are planning just to use off-the-shelf 21700 cells from Samsung or LG — though for development they are probably ordering prototype cells that aren’t in mass production yet…

KumarPlocher

Cool video

westcoaster

Great video to see behind the scenes but I just wonder what their monthly cash burn rate is and can they keep it up until they start seeing sales in volume. I’d love to purchase one of these though but sure they will be $100,000+ Cdn.

Dav8or

Who is bankrolling this enterprise? I have no idea.

Bunny

Both ALJ and Sumitomo are Rivian investors. Financially I think Rivian is in pretty good shape.

Oscar

Why do people call it “cash burn”??? Isn’t it investment?? Same with Tesla, Amazon, etc. It is all investment, isn’t it???

westcoaster

Tesla and Amazon have sales bringing in money. I don’t think Rivian does. That’s why I’m wondering how long they can keep withdrawing money without deposits.

antrik

I think it’s the generally accepted term in investor circles?…

Kan

When the erections stop you start counting geld:)

Mister G

Mark Stein and Mike Bloomberg need to send Rivian one billion dollars each to fund this ASAP

Benjamin

This reminds me of the making Jaguar’s I-Pace video/movie, which is available from Amazon Prime, BTW.

Bill Howland

The difference is of course, that Magna International has plenty of successful cars under its belt. These new EV’s in my opinion are too high priced – and while they may be a good value for what they are, many ev owners such as myself and future ev truck or suv prospective owners would like something a bit less ‘capable’, to be able to have something NOW.

They sure have a wide open canvas available since I wouldn’t doubt that in 3 years GM doesn’t make a single EV.

Viking79

It is a smart move for low volume production. Make an EV with better specs than the competition in areas that matter and price it accordingly. People buy 70 to 100k trucks and SUVs all the time. No, you aren’t going to sell 500,000 a year, but Tesla manages to sell about 100,000 vehicles with a mean value around $100,000 for the S/X, and the Truck market probably has more potential (in US, so might balance out unless Rivian can convince other countries to buy a big truck since it is electric instead of gas).

scottf200

Thx — Can you link to that Amazon Prime Video? I can’t find it.

drpawansharma

I am curious about the cylindrical batteries. Is it 2170?

Ross Pursifull

Wow.

K A Cheah

ONLY IF THIS TRUCK CAN GET A BETTER AERODYNAMICS OWING TO ITS TOO BOXY SHAPE WILL NEED MORE WASTED ENERGY AND POWER PROPELLING IT AND RESULTING IN OVERALL LOWER RANGE ON A SINGLE CHARGE, SO IF IT IS GIVEN A BULLET OR ROUNDED WEDGE SHAPE NOSE LIKE A BULLET TRAIN’S OR PORSCHE’S OR TESLA’S, ITS RANGE AND ACCELERATED SPEED FROM 0-60 MPH COULD RESPECTIVELY BE INCREASED AND TIMING BE SHORTEN MUCH FURTHER COMPARATIVELY TO THIS PRESENT ITERATION SIMPLY & SURELY RIGHT OK?

Philip

Breaking your post into sentences, separated by full-stops (periods), would make it much more readable. You could also restrict yourself to upper case only for the first letter of each of your sentences.

Steven

Air Bags?

Dav8or

It’s cool to be rich. You get all the awesome toys. In the old days, BEVs had the stigma that they were slow, underpowered, short ranged, glorified golf carts that couldn’t even get out of their own way. Tesla debunked that idea and now Rivian is further expanding on that idea. What I’m wondering is, who is working to debunk the new stigma, that BEVs are only for rich people?

Please battery people, the world needs a better battery right now!

antrik

The per-module BMS boards seem to have six identical units each. However, I assume these are actually 12 channels, arranged in pairs; so the 9 modules get us to 108 cell groups, for a nominal system voltage of 400 V.

That would fit with the 160 kWh charging rate I guess. (400 A x 400 V.)