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.

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Rivian R1T Truck: Everything you need to know

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

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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.

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!!

You have to keep a few things in mind. Rivian is waiting another two years because charging infrastructure is finally growing at a more rapid rate. By the time these vehicles come to market, it won’t be nearly as much of an issue as it is today. When gas cars first came to market, there were few gas stations. Had Ford decided to build its own proprietary gas stations that no one else could use, the automaker would have kicked butt. Instead, automakers weren’t required to build their own gas stations. Automakers also shouldn’t be required to build their own charging infrastructure, although Tesla is an outlier and extremely successful from doing so. There has been no significant reason for private organizations/companies/government/ etc, to get heavily invested in charging infrastructure in the U.S. since there are just very few cars to charge. Now, that is beginning to change. We are turning a corner now and over the next 2-3 years when it will just make sense to build up the infrastructure, and we are already seeing signs of this. Additionally, by the time Rivian grows to producing large numbers and has multiple offerings, the infrastructure should be there. In regards… Read more »

Exactly Steven! And on 150 kW fast chargers, a 20 minute charge will provide 100+ miles, the same as the Model S now!

RJ talked at length about how we are just now starting to enter a turning point. Rivian is banking on the timing for that turning point. Anytime we provide a new debut, many people couldn’t care less about the car itself (Jaguar I-Pace) and just continue to spew hate that it sucks due to no Supercharger network. Yes, for some people and for road trips this is surely an issue, but it will be less of an issue as time moves forward. Additionally, some people don’t rely on public charging at all. We plug in at night and we’re all set. End of story.

We can’t yet disclose all the details that Rivian divulged about charging infrastructure or another plan they are working on that could be truly innovative to help solve the range and charging issues. I’m confident that the company will shed light on these plans in the near future.

Thanks – Steven for the insight and updates – Range really is not an issue since they would be top of the mountain on that spec. Its their target market segment – Mid High end – Jeep, Kia, Mercedes, Suburban, Avalanche and Escalade , and Range rover lovers. They are usually well educated and travel cross country. Just like Tesla there is a know value to the base price tag or option that pays for and or subsidizes a charging network. Knowing this strategy will greatly assist in taking many more pre-orders so that they can get to a true production launch with 1.5 – 2.0 billion CapEx “new” investment injections. It will take well over 100,000 pre-orders before they will become a birth. With GM restructuring to a renewed BEV focus I would imagine they have their sites already on Rivian as a purchase? A charging network strategy (internal or Tesla external) is the best means to protect them from being bought out by a legacy car maker. I hope they jump soon on this or this may be the next GM Avalanche – BEV.

I think they are in a prime position to partner with Tesla on the Supercharger network. I hope that is possible.

Very true

That would be terrible for EV adoption, unless Tesla goes all-in on CCS.

Well, I appreciate these tidbits, even if you can’t give us the details!

Interesting to know that Rivian has secret plans for dealing with the scarcity of public EV charging infrastructure; I can’t wait to find out what they are!

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?

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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*rolls eyes*

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.