New electric vehicle start-up Rivian has released information about the first of its two so-called “Electric Adventure Vehicles” the R1T, an all-electric, five-passenger pick-up truck.
The American brand says the truck will deliver a range of over 400 miles, a wading depth of 1 metre, and the performance of a quad-motor all-wheel drive system.
At the heart of the car lies Rivian’s “skateboard” platform, which packages the battery pack, drive units, suspension, braking and thermal system all below the height of the wheel, leaving the space above for occupants and their cargo.
As a result, Rivian claims the R1T delivers more storage capacity than any other pick-up in the world.
For example, specific luggage areas include a 330-litre front boot that comes with a fully-powered bonnet for easy opening and closing; a lockable “Gear Tunnel” located below the cab that not only extends across the width of the vehicle providing more than 350 litres of space but also acts as a step for loading items into the bed or onto the roof; and, at the rear of the car, a 200-litre watertight ‘bin’ beneath the bed floor.
In terms of performance, with 2581 lb-ft of grounded torque per wheel (10325 of torque for the full vehicle), the R1T is claimed to reach 60 mph in 3 seconds and 100 mph in under 7 seconds. The powertrain and chassis also enable a tow rating of nearly 500 kg.
“We’re launching Rivian with two vehicles that reimagine the pickup and SUV segments,” says Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe. “From the inside out, Rivian has developed its vehicles with adventurers at the core of every design and engineering decision.”
The R1T – as well as the company’s yet-to-be revealed R1S SUV – will be produced at a former Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois from late 2020.