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Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Detailed: Video

Ford invested $500 million into Rivian, the electric vehicle company this year. The investment landed Ford access to the Rivian skateboard platform for use in a future electric vehicle. Ford was able to close the deal after talks between Rivian and GM fell apart when GM wanted exclusive access to Rivian tech. With Ford now a partner with Rivian, many are wondering more about the R1T electric pickup.

A new video turned up recently that gives an excellent overview of the technology that Rivian is packing into the R1T electric pickup. The video, by USA Technology HD, notes that the electric pickup promises over 400 miles of driving range per charge. The acceleration times are promised to be in the range of a supercar. The R1T electric pickup has been said in the past to have a 0-60 mph time in the 3-second range.

Rivan maintains that the truck seen in the video is a production vehicle and that it will be available to purchase in about two years as a 2021 year model. The R1T electric pickup comes in crew-cab-only and is in between the size of the Ford Ranger and Ford F-150 pickups. Rivian’s truck will be all-wheel drive with an electric motor for each wheel and the ability to tow more than 11,000 pounds.

Rivian R1T trucks will have level 3 autonomous tech on all versions with adjustable air suspension. Inside the electric pickup, the R1T is luxurious with leather, wood, and large digital screens for the gauge cluster and infotainment system. The base 105 kWh R1T pickup will start at $69,000, but versions with larger 180 kWh and 135 kWh battery packs will come first. The Rivian R1S seven-passenger SUV will go on sale shortly after the R1T truck. Ford recently teased its electric F-150 that will go head-to-head with Rivian’s electric pickup.

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  1. Raymond Ramirez

    The electric F-150 will sell for less and sell more, since it has a huge aftermarket to service and upgrade the body style. Servicing that F-150 will also cost much less, since every Ford shop can service the mechanics. So if Ford wants to win and keep the EV truck lead, they have to offer the EV F-150 this year. Tesla is still one year behind, and their servicing is terrible!

    Recharging is much less of an issue, because the EV F-150 will use the standard SAE J1772 EVSE, and charge at any 120 or 240 VAC outlet. Plus many farms and country residences already have photoelectric or wind turbine generator power to charge up day or night.

    1. Chuck

      “Servicing that F-150 will also cost much less, …”

      Actually EVs require much less servicing/maintenance (no oil to change, no plugs, no radiator to flush / top off, etc) than ICE vehicles. Plus, not sure you make this claim when Rivian hasn’t even established their service and maintenance, let alone what it would cost. For all we know, servicing a Rivian just may take place at Ford shops.

      ” … since every Ford shop can service the mechanics.”
      First, this gave me a chuckle. You service the vehicle, not the mechanics. Second, I have no idea how this justifies that it will cost less to service a F150. Makes no sense.

  2. Chuck

    “Rivian’s truck will be all-wheel drive with an electric motor in each wheel”

    Actually there will be “a motor for each wheel” not “in each wheel.” That’s a completely different configuration.

    “Uplevel versions with more options and larger battery packs will come within 12 months of the base launching in late 2020. The Rivian R1S seven-passenger SUV will go on sale shortly after the R1T truck. ”

    Actually the other way around. The “uplevel versions” as you refer to them (e.g. 180 and 135 kWh battery packs) will be available first in late 2020 with the 105 kWh battery pack to follow latter in 2021. And the R1S will be available at the same time as the R1T.

    From Rivian’s confirmation email sent to those that submit a pre-order:
    “Production will begin in 2020. Fully equipped vehicles with the highest performance level and largest battery pack will enter production first. Our 180 kWh and 135 kWh packs will be available at launch with the 105 kWh to follow in 2021. “


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