Rivian R1T Up-Close And In-Depth: Everything You Need To Know

NOV 28 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 22

You wanted a closer look at the details of the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck … well here you have it.

Leave it to our good friend Sean Mitchell to find the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the all-new Rivian R1T. As we previously reported, Sean has been following Rivian for a while. He attended an exclusive early event in the Detroit area way back in May and has been producing some video coverage since then. Now that he’s returned from Rivian’s official unveiling in L.A., he’s had the opportunity to sort out his fantastic video footage and bring more details to light.

First and foremost — much like us here at InsideEVs — Sean believes that Rivian is here to stay. He says that it’s not going to be another Faraday Future or Lucid Air. They’ve spent years gearing up and getting everything in place, along with securing some solid early funding.

Moving on to the video, Sean goes over all the specs, which we’ve already disclosed, but it’s nice to see some of the more unique aspects in action. He spends a great deal of time getting detailed footage of all facets of the vehicle. Sean takes us inside the cabin to see the interior quality and technology. The video also shows the truck’s innovative storage areas clearly, from multiple angles. In addition, Sean has some excellent stock photos from Rivian mixed into the video.

Check out the video and share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

Video Description via Sean Mitchell on YouTube:

Rivian R1T Truck: Everything you need to know

RIVIAN R1T

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22 Comments on "Rivian R1T Up-Close And In-Depth: Everything You Need To Know"

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ffbj

From day one I called out Faraday and Lucid to a lesser extent, but Rivian, I will give them a pass for now, as it seems they are doing things by the numbers, and they do have a product. Now whether they can produce that product in a timely manner, that’s an important question that can’t yet be answered, yet.
People tend to get caught up in the hype and not really see through all the hoopla, but in essence evs are better than what we have today, and it’s just a matter of time before more compelling evs come to market, eventually even in the pick-up space, hopefully Rivian will be one of those companies that gets there.

Rex Irby

Not knowing their Charging network strategy seams to put a major hole in their market plan that is not sustainable at pre-market stage orders since they have a strong existing competitor with a market proven charging network. It seams they have a functional great design but must a be a brick in the wind tunnel since its getting 2.28 miles/kWh similar to a good day for an electric school bus? If they got the design to 2.9 with a 180 KW pack it would go 522 miles!!

Tid

The Rivians will be able to charge at the same public spots as the Bolt, Leaf, Niro, Kona, Taycan, e-Tron, iPace, etc. But of course, we know most EV charging happens at home during night time, don’t we?

Benz

What will be the price of the R1T with the 180 kWh battery pack?
What will be the price of the R1S with the 180 kWh battery pack?

Will they both be less than $100,000.- ?

That would be really interesting.

Rex Irby

Benz – great question – I am speculating with the following – Before BEV Federal tax credit of $7,500:

75 kw extra battery at $350/kw and the price tag estimated at 26,250 + 69,000 = 95,250 pending no additional charge controllers/inverters are needed?

26,250 + 72,500 = 98,750 for the SUV model

Sub 100K – this appears possible.

– If batteries decline 8% per year – counting 2 full years then 296/kw: then 75 kw of extra battery would be $22,200 – this sounds conservative to me.

Benz

Thanks for your reply.

Even if they decide to charge an extra amount on top of $100,000.- it will probably be not more than $120,000.-

For a practical EV model with a 180 kWh battery pack, that surely would be a reasonably good price tag. (I think)

Tid

Those vehicles are superior to a Porsche Taycan in most ways, such as 0-60 acceleration, range, payload capacity and towing capacity. Based on that I would expect them to be at least as expensive as a Taycan.

EVer

I’m looking for a battery pickup I can throw wood at…say, about $25-$30,000…this ain’t it…more like a feature rich yuppy truck designed by a city slicker college professor.

DMst

Only a total moron is going to take an eV out to.the middle of no-where. As such, Rivian shouldn’t do more than say sweet nothings about building their own charging network.

This (and their SUV) are the vehicles Tesla should have built.

Brandon

Actually in just a couple years ultra fast CCS chargers will be covering the US in much the same way that Tesla has almost 600 locations now. So no issues getting places with a 300+ mile EV.

Mister G

GO RIVIAN GO DESTROY DIRTY GAS GUZZLERS AND DIESELS CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP EARTHLINGS CO2.EARTH

Ron Swanson's Mustache

*rolls eyes*

Scott Franco

At this point REALLY thinking different would be to join the Tesla charger network. I don’t think it really matters how spectacular your chargers are, if you don’t have enough of them. Porsche is about to find this out.

As for the truck specs, its not my truck. I use mine for a combination of weekend hauling and towing a travel trailer. The range seems good for outback use and to compensate for towing but then an SUV would be a tow vehicle if the bed size is not relevant. Also, I really think the winning feature for a tow truck is a 30amp plug on the back of the thing. Travel trailer types would understand this immediately. That huge battery would make a big difference to dry camping.

So this truck review does not emphasize towing ability, and I see how this appears to be marketed for folks who want an offroad that does not particularly carry well nor tow well. But I doubt that is the vast majority truck owners. The people who jazz up there trucks and would not dare to scratch the bed with (yuck) plywood and don’t own a camper are the minority out there.