Rivian reveals impressive electric pickup truck and SUV

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, pickup trucks are popular – they made up 16% of US auto sales in 2017 (per Trucks.com). If EVs are to move into the mainstream, somebody needs to produce a mass-market pickup. Startups Workhorse, Havelaar and Bollinger have pickups in the pipeline; Tesla has been talking; and Ford finally feels the time may be right for a hybrid F-150. However, so far no electrified pickup has really made it out of the pilot stage.

SUVs and crossovers are even more adored. Together with pickups, they already make up over half the auto market in the US, and if current trends continue, the market share of these three form factors may approach 100% within a few years. SUVs have already started to electrify – the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron recently joined Tesla’s Model X in the E-SUV market.

Enter Rivian Automotive, which has emerged from nine years in stealth mode to reveal a pure electric pickup truck and an SUV, both with specs that rival those of the roaring gas-belching, money-printing trucks currently on the market.

Rivian was founded by CEO RJ Scaringe, who grew up restoring classic cars and earned a PhD in automotive mechanical engineering from MIT. The company has amassed over $500 million in funding and employs some 600 people across several states. Last year it took over a former Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois.

The Rivian R1T pickup features a skateboard battery pack and four small electric motors, each with a capacity of 147 kW. Total power output will range from 300 kW to 562 kW, depending on the choice of battery packs. Rivian says the battery pack options will be 105 kWh, 135 kWh, and 180 kWh, offering ranges of 230, 300 and 400 miles, respectively. The R1T is capable of 11 kW Level 2 charging and 160 kW DC fast charging.

The e-truck is built for the job site, with a payload capacity of 800 kg and a towing capacity of 5,000 kg. Features include a “lockable Gear Tunnel aft of the cab” with 350 liters of storage space, an integrated watertight tonneau cover, and three 110 volt/400 watt power outlets.

Rivian’s truck also includes the latest tech goodies: “The R1T will launch with a robust hardware suite…including camera, lidar, radar, ultrasonic and a high precision GPS coupled with high definition maps. This hardware enables Level 3 autonomy for highway operation.” The company says its vehicles will be upgradeable via over-the-air software updates.

Rivian is also introducing an SUV called the R1S, built on the same platform as the R1T. Most of its specs are the same or similar – the main difference is that instead of a cargo bed, there’s room for a third row of seating.

The Rivian R1T will start at $69,000 in the US. The company is now taking reservations, secured by refundable $1,000 deposits. Deliveries are expected to begin in “late 2020.” The higher trim levels will be delivered first – Rivian says the 180 kWh and 135 kWh versions will be available at launch, while the base version with the 105 kWh pack will be available “within 12 months of the start of production.”

Scaringe says the company expects to produce about 50,000 vehicles per year.




Source: RivianElectrek, Inc, Pantagraph

  • Quick Quote

    Too bad for Tesla. Rivian will rule the EV pickup market.

    • DeeAgeaux

      Too bad for Tesla haterz because Tesla will have at least half the EV battery supply outside of China for the foreseeable future.

      Ergo, Zero chance Rivian R1T has bigger market share than Tesla Pickup. Good grief they hope to make 20k pickups in 2021 and 50k vehicles in 2022. Tesla is already at a rate of 350k vehicles per year.

      I hope Rivian makes it to Job1 and survives another 10 years. GM said they will not make an e-Pickup for at least another two decades. Ford is only talking hybrid F150.

      Tesla can’t carry the entire load.

    • freedomev

      That is Tesla’s plan, make it so others will join as lots of market for all, replacing the world vehicle fleet in 15 yrs.
      The only markets as big are battery, RE and Tesla only has a huge battery supply and growing faster. So no one is going to pass Tesla for quite a while.
      And apparently some GM, etc auto plants are becoming available cheap means Tesla might get into 3 based pickups not long after the Y. It would be smart, something Tesla doesn’t always do..
      They could certainly use another US GF doing 3 based Y, Pickup and van. They might need 2 even when the produce those 3 EVs to keep up with demand.

  • mipak

    I won’t be impressed until they can make an electric truck with a sub-$30,000 base price.

    • freedomev

      You can have a nice S-10 converted for just $15k.
      Or buy one of the 1,000s of factory E10s, E Rangers and other factories that converted them and have the battery pack switched to lithium.
      I don’t consider this a pickup with a 4′ bed, it needs to be at least 6′, preferably 8’1″ . It’s much more an urban errand car instead of a truck.
      That said, the more the merrier and lots of demand for pretend pickups. The SUV makes more sense and can always tow a trailer if larger hauling capacity is needed.

  • Matt McFerg

    Wonder if it could carry a camper . . .

    • Lawrence Rhodes

      The SUV is the camper.

  • NL4M

    I wonder how many reservations they got….

  • Oceanbluewave

    I am curious if any one is thinking about how we (via utilities or other sources) are going to handle the increase in electrical demand. We can look at DES or renewable with storage, but still, this is going to be more expensive than electricity today. And while many are buying an EV to be “green”, the irony is that they are not recycling the lithium ion batteries and charging is coming from generation that most people don’t consider green. Also, have a fire with a lithium battery and the smoke has toxic materials in it. There was an article about a Belgium wind farm with lithium as energy storage and everyone had to be sequestered in their homes. Some vehicle manufacturers have plans to give up the ICE models by 2022. Again, how are we going to support the increased need in electricity? Utilities have said that sometimes surges in electricity have come from a “keeping up with the Jones'” mentality, which means that if someone in a neighborhood gets it, others might do it as well and these surges in electrical capacity demand are very hard to plan.

    • bytrain

      Just a few thoughts: 1. Renewables like wind and solar are now cheaper than coal and in many places in the world, natural gas. Renewable energy is intermittent, and needs to be supported by energy storage, which just happens to be the second life that is planned for, and already happening with, electric vehicle batteries, which typically have 70-80 percent of their capacity left when considered ready for replacement. That is, recycling of lithium-ion batteries absolutely makes economic sense and is happening and will continue to happen. 2. The extraction, refining, and dispensing of oil/gasoline takes lots of electricity. For example, refiners are the largest consumer of electricity in California. So every internal combustion engine car not built reduces demand for gasoline and frees up electricity. 3. With regards to fires and toxic fumes, NFPA states “On average, 17 automobile fires were reported per hour. These fires killed an average of four people every week.” These are internal combustion engine vehicles. 4. With regard to neighborhood demand, you are absolutely right. Utilities see electric vehicles as new business that will grow demand at a time that appliance efficiency measures are reducing demand. Utilities are investing in new infrastructure to support the expected demand. Here’s the NFPA link re: fires: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Property-type-and-vehicles/Vehicles