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Rivian Pick up Truck reveal

Just watched some Youtube videos on the reveal of Rivian's EV Pick up truck, the R1T.
Assuming that performance on any EV pickup will be awesome, wether from Rivian or Tesla, what I really liked was:

1. Pass thru storage, very cool. With "step up" functionality

2. Huge frunk,

3. On board full size spare tire (or more storage),

4. 120v power outlets in the bed

5. Tailgate with integrated step w/ drop down feature

6. Integrated flashlite and first aid kit (not that important but its there)

They emphasized they were going after the outdoor enthusiast (gear storage), rather than the workmans truck (hauling and towing).

Their full size SUV built on the same frame comes next.

Ross1 | November 27, 2018

That would be one huge SUV, like a Schwartzenegger style Hummer.
Look at the width and length

Ross1 | November 27, 2018

below:

Measuring 5040mm long, 2015mm wide, 1820mm tall, and riding on 3075mm wheelbase, the R1S is about the same size as the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Suburban's short wheelbase sibling, and significantly shorter from head to toe than the R1T ute, which it shares its skateboard chassis with.

Like the R1T, the R1S will be offered with three battery pack options. The base 105kWh model has a claimed range of over 385km, the 135kWh version is good for around 500km, and the top-shelf 180kWh model capable of about 660km.

Model for model, the SUV has about 15 kilometres more range than the equivalent ute. All models have an electric motor for each wheel, and a top speed of 201km/h.

Performance is unchanged, with the 300kW/560Nm base model capable of a 0-60mph time of 4.9s, and the higher capacity variants topping out at 562kW/1120Nm and a claimed 0-60mph time of 3.0s.

Compared to the R1T, the R1S has a significantly lower towing capacity of 3500kg, down from 5000kg.

The low- and mid-spec R1S has seating for seven over three rows, while the top-tier variant maxes out at five people.

The R1S will also be available with camera, LIDAR, radar, high-precision GPS, and high-definition maps for Level 3 self-driving capability.

Other features include over-the-air software updates, eight airbags, a 15.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, 12.3-inch instrumentation screen, and a 6.8-inch touchscreen for the second row.

Rivian says the R1S can ford water up to a metre deep. In off-road mode, the R1S has an approach angle of 34 degrees, a departure angle of 30 degrees, and a breakover angle of 29 degrees.

Both Rivian models will be produced at Mitsubishi's old factory in Normal, Illinois. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in late 2020. Orders can be placed now via a refundable US$1000 ($1380) deposit.

The entry-level 105kWh model is priced from US$72,500 ($99,800) before the US$7500 ($10,300) federal tax credit. Only the more expensive 135kWh and 180kWh models will be produced initially.

(Bracketed $ figures are Australia $ )

David N | November 28, 2018

I forgot about the ability to wade through 3’ of water.
That’s crazy. Maybe some guys will literally drive into the lake and start fishing.

quinney | November 28, 2018

The spec sheet doesn't show different vehicle weights for the three different battery sizes. More info needed.

nwfan | November 28, 2018

I wonder if RI vian approached Tesla with a bucket full of money asking for access to the supercharger network. I’m sure Tesla can work out a fee base usage rate and buy in price.

nwfan | November 28, 2018

Rivian. Darn autocorrect.

rxlawdude | November 28, 2018

It's vapor till it's real.

And no mention about DCFC. That 180kWh battery will be a challenge to charge in 40 minutes.

sosmerc | November 28, 2018

I'd love to see Rivian partner with Tesla in any way possible....what they are attempting is very Tesla-like and represents what the future could hold. It's a new day.

RedShift | November 28, 2018

I kinda dig it. Even though I hate pickup trucks.

spuzzz123 | November 29, 2018

+1 sosmerc they need to get on that supercharger network a pay a substantial rent to fund its expansion/upkeep. Everybody wins

spuzzz123 | November 29, 2018

Doh nwfan beat me to the punch you ninja you

quinney | November 29, 2018

The prototype has a CCS charging connector, so it appears they are not planning, as of now, to join Tesla supercharger network.

Weston X90D | November 29, 2018

Blah Blah Blah, First off, if and when the car is produced in real life, Tesla will come out with a truck that will beat this at every variable and then some. Second, no SC network, Lastly, you gonna be the guinea pig on a $80k truck? Perhaps you have a Fisker too.

Integrated flash light and first aid kit... lol are you kidding? I would suggest they try with a $30K truck. Anyhows, I wish them the best of luck.

Weston X90D | November 29, 2018

Clarification

I mean "you" in the general sense. I know you are not saying this car is better, you are just informing the uninformed.

kcheng | November 29, 2018

Very exciting, I like it. Tesla won't have all the good ideas, so the more startups the better.

TabascoGuy | November 30, 2018

Sorry, I can't get past how ugly it is. No thanks, I'll pass.

David N | November 30, 2018

@Westen
“Lastly, you gonna be the guinea pig on a $80k truck”
Actually the talk was production will start with the largest battery, and will start in the $120,000+ area.
Personally, with the size battery their talking, I’m guessing $150,000.

tony.karais | November 30, 2018

Lol, we're all guinea pigs for Tesla!

Weston X90D | November 30, 2018

Seeing all the growing pains tesla went thru and is still going thru, i think a start up focusing on the high end market is not viable. I don't know the financials for this company, but they better have deep deep pockets.

The window for a new ev start up trying to become a legitimate player is so slim - now that the majors are jumping on the ev wagon.... I'd say the window closed w tesla. Tesla delivered what they preached (for the most part,) and as a first mover became synonymous w electric cars. This is no small feat. Furthermore elon accelerated the acceptance of ev cars by making them cool. I bought my tesla because its a f... cool car. In my opinion very few people would spend 60 to 150k on a car because it doesnt need gas anymore. This is versus say a Prius which when first introduced had an emotional pull of a bad sci fi movie. All these new ev entrants from i.e. china, etc will most likely fail. Only ones I'm holding my breath on is dyson and potentially apple. The rest are just nice ideas.

sosmerc | December 1, 2018

Tesla started at the very high end and is slowly working down. That "model" has worked for Tesla...just barely. I think this new company is wise to take the same approach as Tesla. I am sure they have been watching the progress of Tesla with a microscope and will try not to make the same mistakes. Rivian has the luxury of being able to learn from Tesla and others. I think they have a VERY GOOD chance of success based on the info they have released so far. And it sure as heck would not bother me if Tesla decided to lend a hand in order to get the product out sooner...all part of the Tesla mantra to expand adoption of EV's. Good for everyone.

carlk | December 1, 2018

Tesla started at high end because cost of making electric drivetrain was very high. It was just not possible to make an under $50K "compelling" EV few years ago, That it worked for Tesla does not mean it is easy or even possible for another one to do it. To give you an idea of how difficult it is to get in the high end market the Japanese with all their engineering and manufacturing prowess have tried for decades, including the establishment of high end brands, but to this day still couldn't crack the >$100K market. Again what happened to Tesla was an oddity, with all stars aligned all the time, but not the rule.

jordanrichard | December 2, 2018

I haven’t read all of the reviews about this truck and I haven’t seen anyone here mention this, but where are they going to sell these. Meaning, are they going with direct sales like Tesla or go through dealers.

David N | December 3, 2018

@jordanrichard
You are correct, where selling , servicing, fast charging ?

NoMoPetrol | December 3, 2018

Just returned from the LA Auto Show. There were only two exhibitors worth viewing - Tesla and Rivian. Rivian is taking $1,000 deposits for their initial run of vehicles, so it would seem to infer that they are using Tesla's direct sales model.

A couple comments above used the "U" word (ugly) in a disparaging manner. Each of us needs to get over the idea that if it is unappealing to us, it is doomed to failure. Actually all it means is that it will not be purchased by us.

The Rivian booth was packed with interested people who were quite obviously not put off by the appearance. I went to the show with a friend who considered the R1S (the Rivian SUV) to be the only vehicle he thought worthy of his continued interest. He REALLY liked it. And that included the Tesla offerings.

David N | December 3, 2018

Word is they have been working on this for several years and waited until they were fully prepared to reveal. Word is they have sufficient funding (a huge necessity).
I wish them the best of luck. Competition is good.

spuzzz123 | December 3, 2018

No doubt David and who knows perhaps a future partnership with Tesla. Musk seems genuine about his mission which means it’s EVs versus ICE and Oil. Not Tesla versus other EV brands.

carlk | December 3, 2018

Even though Elon says he likes or hopes everyone to join Tesla for the mission he likely also has great doubts if anyone could put in so much efforts and sacrifices to offer real help. If you missed this interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=123&v=uutpyRhKNko what the gigafactory 1 director said at 4:49 probably represents Tesla's true thinking. We may see a few new niche players or a few estabilished companies play it safe and move in slowly but no one so far is able to do in the same speed and scale as Tesla is doing. It does not look like we will see any in the foreseeable future either.

efuseakay | December 3, 2018

I am loving this truck. I have no use for anything like this. At least at this point in my life, but it's really awesome. You naysayers are pretty funny. Being Tesla owners...

Ross1 | December 3, 2018

I love the appearance as a minimalist art form, timeless. Go Rivian.
Don't tell me you like the Tesla Semi, only a mother could love that but it does have impressive air dynamics which really matters in its market demographic. Go Semi too.

As far as being an F150 killer, that would be very difficult. But Ford could do it by putting a Rivian /Tesla into an F150 skin.
Unfortunately as an art form, few there be which are timeless. Time will tell.

TabascoGuy | December 4, 2018

@NoMoPetrol, it looks like I'm the only one who used the term "ugly". I made no disparaging remarks or predicted anyone's doom, just my opinion of the looks and that I wouldn't be standing in line for one due to that.

wil37057 | December 5, 2018

Rivian I a nice truck just what I’ve been waiting for well worth buying unless Tesla pickup arrives first.

blacktape242 | December 6, 2018

looks ugly to me, but the features are really nice looking. Can't wait to see what tesla offers, hopefully soon.