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Rivian Unveils Its All-Electric Pickup

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Rivian Unveils Its All-Electric Pickup

Rivian, a Plymouth, Mich.-based startup electric automaker, has finally unveiled its R1T pickup truck. While it’s not the first all-electric pickup to market, the R1T has some unique features that could make it a compelling option.

First, yes you can tow and haul with the Rivian R1T. The bed can handle up to about 1,700 pounds of weight. Considering it’s a small bed at about 4.5 feet long, that’s not too shabby. Max towing capacity tops out at about 11,000 pounds.

Rivian R1T frunk (Credit: Rivian )

The R1T also has 400-plus miles of range, which is similar to what you get with most gasoline-powered trucks. The powertrain propels the truck from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds, so this truck can out-accelerate quite a few performance cars that run on dino juice.

Rivian R1T (Credit: Rivian )

Another concern people seem to have about electric vehicles is that they can’t handle heavy rain and other tough elements. The Rivian R1T has a wading depth of 3 feet, so you can ford a stream while off-roading. It also has approach, departure, and breakover angles of 34, 30, and 26 degrees, respectively. A four-motor all-wheel-drive system helps with traction and making tight maneuvers.

Rivian R1T gear tunnel (Credit: Rivian )

The design of the R1T includes quite a few practical features. The frunk or front trunk has 11.7 cubic feet of space. Just behind the cab and below the bed is a “gear tunnel” that runs from one side of the truck to the other, providing a good spot to stash fishing poles, snowboard, surfboards, etc. There’s also a full-size spare tire in a bin under the bed, so your spare doesn’t get hung up on rocks or stumps as you’re off-roading. Also included is a cover for the bed, bed cross bars, roof rails, an air pump, and a security cable for items in the bed.

According to Rivian, the R1T launches in late 2020 and will have a starting price of $61,500.

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