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.
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.
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.
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.