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Rivian Will Bring Electric to Off-Road

Rivian Will Bring Electric to Off-Road

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By Will Marshal
Photos via Rivian

The days of Prius drivers turning their noses up at pickups and SUVs are quickly coming to a close. Rivian, a mid-western automotive startup company based out of Normal, IL showed off two production samples of their latest vehicles this week at the LA Auto Show – the R1T pickup and the R1S SUV. Both are fully electric, off-road rated vehicles.

Yes. You read that right. Electric. Off-road. Let’s look at the specs.

R1T Pickup Truck

  • 400 Mile range
  • 5886 Curb Weight
  • 750 horsepower
  • 826 lbs-ft of torque
  • 0-60 in 3.2 seconds
  • Wading depth of over three feet
  • Individual Wheel mounted electric motors (read: four) with independent controls
  • Double A-arm suspension in the front and multi-link in the rear with active electro-dampeners and adjustable ride-height air suspension
  • 1763 lb payload and 11,000 lb tow capacity

R1S SUV

  • 410 Mile Range
  • 5842 Curb Weight
  • 826 horsepower
  • 826 lbs-ft of torque
  • 0-60 in 3.2 seconds
  • Wading depth of over three feet
  • Individual Wheel mounted electric motors (read: four) with independent controls
  • Double A-arm suspension in the front and multi-link in the rear with active electro-dampeners and adjustable ride-height air suspension
  • 1807 lb payload and a 7716 lb tow capacity

Both trucks will use a “skateboard” type architecture that Tesla has pioneered, which situates the batteries in the middle of the vehicle at the floor. All the weight down low will give the vehicle stellar handling on curvy roads and ultra low rollover risk off-road.

Rivian R1T Pickup

There will be three battery packs available among both vehicles, a 105kWh, 135kWh, and 180kWh gives 0-60 times ranging from 4.9 seconds to a lighting fast 3.0 seconds, and ranges of 230 miles all the way up to the aforementioned 400 miles. Did we mention a top speed of 125mph?

And let’s talk about that fording depth again. OVER THREE FEET OF FORDING DEPTH. There are 1/4” thick aluminum skid plates that line the completely flat bottom of the vehicle and ensure massive protection of the batteries (assuming that the 14” of ground clearance is not enough). Both have an approach angle of 34 degrees, departure angle of 30 degrees, and breakover angles of 26 and 29 degrees for the R1S and R1T respectively. Each earns a max climbing gradient of 45 degrees, which is some military grade stuff.

Rivian R1T

No engine and no central motor gives both of these vehicles the most lockable storage ever made available on any vehicle, EVER. Residing under the hood where the engine would normally reside, the frunk has a total volume of 330L for both models. Rear bin volume is 200 (truck) and 180 (SUV), and the truck features a “gear tunnel’ that runs the full width of the vehicle. This tunnel separates the bed and the cabin with a whopping 350L of storage. The pickup version has a 4.7 foot bed, that while shorter than most mid-size truck offerings – the rest of the storage options in the vehicle make up for readily.

Rivian R1T Pickup

Let’s be clear right off the bat – Rivian does not want to be Tesla, or beat Tesla for that matter. Rivian is aiming for a sweet-spot in the industry, akin to Patagonia. In an interview with TechCrunch, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said “A lot of aspirational vehicles tend to be more like an Armani suit. These brands do have things that are more functional, almost like an Armani leisure wear, but there’s no one that has built up and focused on that Patagonia-like brand position.”

What’s that all mean? Rivian is not trying to make the next luxury performance gadget. They have their sights set on Range Rover and Jeep – the “you can take this to the mountains and to the office” slice of the pie.

The age of the internal combustion engine is coming to an end. More innovation in the automotive industry has happened in the last ten years than in its entirety up until that point. Batteries are becoming better, charging is improving, electric infrastructure is being laid out en masse. The only thing we need to get these trucks on the Overlanding map permanently is an abundance of charging stations in remote locations, and the development of auxiliary battery cells (think electric jerry cans).

Pricing on the R1T starts at $65,100, and the first vehicles will be delivered Q1 of 2020 from Rivian’s former Chrysler-Mitsubishi plant in Normal, IL.

This is a huge breakthrough in the off-road truck segment, and we cannot wait to see what happens next.

Check out these videos from Rivian to whet your palette.

Will Marshal Will is a fish out of water, coming from the Hardcore off-road and rock crawling world. He developed a knack for writing and a hunger for adventure. Having written for Expedition Portal, Tread Magazine and Overland Bound, Will is our resident Wanderlust expert. He is also the owner/creator of Forge Overland and has an expert eye on all things outdoors.

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