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Ford Benchmarking Rivian R1S

After initially investing heavily in Rivian and making plans to utilize its Skateboard platform to underpin a future EV model of its own, Ford has since sold off much of its stake in the upstart automaker and ditched those same plans as it develops its own dedicated platforms. Now, with the two companies proving to be more like competitors than allies, Ford Authority has spotted Ford benchmarking the Rivian R1S, an all-electric SUV that we previously spied testing back in June 2021.

Though it doesn’t come equipped with the long-promised “tank turn” feature – which was canceled recently – the Rivian R1S is certainly a capable machine in most regards. It’s available in a few different configurations – dual-motor all-wheel drive, performance dual-motor all-wheel drive, and the range-topping quad-motor all-wheel drive model, with a starting MSRP of $78,000. Regardless of which model customers choose, they get plenty of power, with outputs consisting of 533, 665, and 835 horsepower, respectively, with the latter model’s 0-60 time coming in at a scorching 3.0 seconds.

For now, two battery packs are available in the Rivian R1S – either the “standard” pack with its 260 miles of range, or the “large” pack, which offers up 321 miles of EPA-estimated range. Customers can choose from a variety of wheel and tire options, including both larger, pavement-focused combinations and those suited more for all-terrain situations.

There are obvious reasons why FoMoCo is benchmarking the Rivian R1S, including the fact that it’s working on developing its own three-row all-electric crossover – the North American Ford Explorer EV – which will be built at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada alongside the Lincoln Aviator EV starting in 2025. Thus far, The Blue Oval has hinted that the Explorer EV will offer up 350 miles of range with sleek styling, Pro Power Onboard, and a large frunk, among other enticing features.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Rivian news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Ford Owner

    Why has Ford delayed the electric Explorer when it is the third best selling Ford vehicle?

  2. Monty Visuvius

    Still haven’t seen an F150 Lightning on the streets. Ford taking images of the Rivian suv and pressing them against their heads while chanting “We wish we could make an SUV EV, we wish we …” A wish sandwich. Will Ford be in business 5 years from now?

  3. Run faster

    Monty visuvius my friend you might ask yourself how broke of a community do you live in . Lightning’s and R1T all over the place here . Can’t drive more then an hour without seeing a few of each .


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