It looks like Rivian is creating its own buzz and trying to gatecrash Tesla’s party

Rivian’s pickup truck, the R1T, was spotted during commercial filming in Canada. The R1T was seen driving around completely undisguised, giving the residents and onlookers a preview of one of the most exciting vehicles coming to the market in the near future.

Rivian R1T Pre-Production Truck Caught At Commercial Filming

The following video was uploaded by Ukeedaze on his YouTube channel. The description reads “we were lucky to secure footage of a pre-production RIvian RT1 electric truck filming for a commercial in Ucluelet B.C. Due to hit the market next year, the Rivian truck is one of the most exciting vehicles in history, being the first long range EV truck, as well as boasting supercar-like performance with impressive off-roading capabilities. Thanks to Matt from Green World Building out of Ucluelet B.C. for giving us the heads up on this bad boy!”

The Rivian R1T Was Spotted During a Commercial Shoot in Canada
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Mind you, this is not a small clipping that gives you a glance of the truck wherein you need to pause the video to figure out what it actually looks like.

The R1T was captured in all its glory, driving around on the streets of Ucluelet, British Columbia.

The filming crew was shooting the truck from a Chevy Suburban in the front while pottered around town, garnering all the attention from the onlookers.

The R1T was even caught flaunting its patented through-body storage between the rear seats and truck bed.

However, I found the bluish-green color Rivian chose for this shoot absolutely hideous.

The Rivian R1T Was Spotted In The Real World Earlier As Well

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This is not the first time we are seeing the Rivian R1t in the real world. A couple of months back, the Rivian R1T was spotted in Tierra del Fuego, an island chain shared by Chile and Argentina, known for its glaciers, snowy mountains, and wind-sculpted trees. The fact that the trucks were seen here shows how extensively Rivian has been testing the pickup truck. The pictures reflected a number of changes that the potential pre-production R1T has in comparison to the concept version we’ve seen previously. Some of the changes noticed were:

  • Charging port moved from passenger’s side to the driver’s side in the front
  • Rivian badges and logos
  • The truck was spotted in a white shade for the first time
  • Tow hooks were seen on the front bumper
  • Rear bumper and diffusers were shaped differently
  • No rear quarter windows
  • Silver metal hooks on the rear bumper eliminated

What We Know About The R1T So Far

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  • Rivian is marketing the R1T as an off-road, lifestyle adventure pickup, and is targeting it as a family camper.
  • The R1T churns out 788 ponies that make it sprint to the 60 mph mark in three seconds flat.
  • Four electric motors - one connected to each wheel - make 197 horsepower each.
  • The R1T will be offered with three battery pack options: 105 kWh, 135 kWh, and 180 kWh.
  • The R1T will offer up to 400 miles of range.
  • 0-60 mph achieved in 4.9 seconds with the smallest battery pack and in 3.2 seconds with the largest battery pack.

Known features inlcude

  • Adjustable air suspension that can raise the R1T from 7.9 inches to 14.2 inches by the press of a button
  • A 15.6-inch touchscreen system on the dashboard
  • 12.3-inch instrument cluster
  • Level 3 autonomy
Rivian R1T specifications
Powertrain: 105 kWh, 135 kWh, 180 kWh battery pack; electric motors
System Output: 788 horsepower
0 to 60 MPH: 3.2 - 4.9 seconds
Top Speed: 125 mph
Range: 400 miles

Although these are some really impressive specs and features that have set the benchmark in the segment, the R1T’s towing capabilities are nowhere close to the competition. When Tesla announced that its pickup truck will be able to tow up to 300,000 pounds, Ford decided to counter it. The Blue Oval released a video showing the F-150 electric prototype tow up to 1.25 million pounds.

The Rivian R1T has a towing rating of 11,000 pounds and a payload rating of just 1,760 pounds.
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To further cement its desirability and credibility factors, Rivian also announced a camper version for the R1T. This comes with roof rack-mounted Maxtrax recovery boards, a built-in air compressor, a shovel, and a Hi-Lift jack. Other than this, the Ford and Amazon-funded company will also offer a pull-out kitchen for the R1T. This retractable kitchen includes two induction burners, cookware, utensils, and a sink with five gallons of water storage to prepare the meals and wash the dishes. The battery consumption for the same is 20 kWh to cook for a week, or just 11-percent of the largest 180 kWh Rivian battery pack. Rivian will also be offering a 12V refrigerator in the front trunk.

Rivian R1T Battery Packs
Entry Range Mid-Range Long Range
Capacity 105kWh 135kWh 180kWh
Power 300kW 562kW 522kW
Torque 560Nm 1,120Nm 1,120Nm
Range 230 miles 300 miles 400 miles
Top speed 125mph 125mph 125mph
0-60 mph 4.9s 3s 3.2s
Payload 800kg 800kg 800kg
Trailer rating 5,000kg 5,000kg 5,000kg

Final Thoughts

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While the Rivian R1T is a complete package, except for the poor towing rating, it is priced much higher than Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck.

Rivian has announced a starting price of $69,000 for the R1T, almost $20,000 more than the starting price of the Tesla pickup truck. It will be interesting to see how the truck fares when compared to the Tesla Cybertruck. Call it a smart move or just being cautious, but Rivian is promoting the R1T as a lifestyle adventure pickup truck and staying clear from its rival. By choosing a niche, Rivian will be able to justify the huge price gap between the R1T and the Cybertruck. Do you think this is a smart move on Rivian’s part? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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