Rivian and Lincoln - Not a Match Made in Heaven, Apparently
In January this year, Lincoln announced a partnership with Rivian to build the former’s first fully electric vehicle. This didn’t come as a surprise given that the former’s parent company, Ford, has invested $500 million in Rivian. Just three months into the announcement, the partnership has been scrapped. Lincoln revealed this information in a statement citing the “current environment” as the reason. However, this doesn’t mean Ford is opting out of Rivian completely. The companies are still associated and will collaborate on a product in the future.
Ford F-150, Rivian R1T, or Tesla Cybertruck? The Electric Pickup Truck Battle Has Already Begun!
The latest segment to be hit by the electrification bug is pickup trucks. Although some electric firms - Tesla and Rivian - have been into electrification for years, mainstream automakers have also decided to jump in before it gets too late. The Tesla and Rivian war has been on since the two decided to enter the electric pickup truck foray. The two have been approaching the segment differently and have kind of eased into their spaces. Now that Ford is developing an electric powertrain of its own for the F-150, things could get even more exciting. I’ve listed out five possible scenarios that may or may not be hypothetical.
Rivian Just Got a Huuuge Order for Its Electric Delivery Trucks
You’re probably aware of each and every carmaker’s efforts of lowering emissions within their car lineups but also when it comes to the carbon footprint of their plants. BMW, in particular, have been taking such steps, but the trend isn’t alive solely among car manufacturers.
Giants such as Amazon are also looking to cut down on their carbon emissions, and what better way to start such a campaign - or better said, reinforce it - than by buying a huge fleet of all-electric delivery trucks.
Someone Caught the Rivian R1T Testing in Argentina - Here’s Your First Look!
We’ve seen the Rivian R1T during various events and we are mighty impressed with what RJ Scaringe, the CEO, has managed to come up for it. Rivian has released trailers and pictures of the pickup truck and it sure looks great. However, it was never really spied or seen on the roads to get an idea of what it looks like in real-world conditions; after all, things can be deceiving when viewed under shiny lights. But the truck was recently spotted testing in Argentina and we have to say, it does not disappoint.
The Rivian R1T Will Be Offered With a Pull-Out What?!?!?!?!?
The war between Tesla and Rivian is heating up, and the companies are thinking out of the box to make sure they stay ahead. Although Tesla took a giant leap by announcing that its truck will be priced "well under $50,000", it is Rivian’s R1T that has made the news. Rivian recently revealed a specialized kitchen set for the R1T electric truck at the Overland Expo West in Flagstaff Arizona. The way it has created a storm amongst the netizens, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next episode of Masterchef features the Rivian R1T kitchens in an outdoor location where the contestants cook for a bunch of enthusiasts. If Masterchef and Rivian execs are reading this, do note that TopSpeed writers are available to be a part of it!
You Won’t Believe How Historically Large the Rivian R1T’s Battery Pack Will Be
Electric vehicle start-up company Rivian made waves last year when it unveiled the Rivian R1T all-electric pickup and the R1S all-electric SUV. Today, Rivian is back in the news after revealing the 180 kWh battery pack it plans to use for both of its electric models. In so many words, this battery pack is huge. It’s so big that it’s been labeled the largest automotive battery pack…ever. The makeup of this battery pack includes a staggering 7,776 individual cells, and, according to Rivian, it should be able to offer a range of 410 miles, an extraordinary figure for any electric vehicle, let alone for a pickup and an SUV that are expected to be as large as they are heavy. In addition to the 180 kWh battery pack, Rivian is also developing a 105 kWh battery pack and a 135 kWh battery pack in what can only be described as a full-on flex to the entire industry.
Rivian Discusses Why It’ll Be Able to Kick Tesla’s Ass in Production and Development
I have got to admit; this is one of the hottest rivalries in the auto industry today. Rivian is clearly here to take on Tesla and, by the look of things, Rivian may actually sidestep the EV market leader very soon. Rivian’s CEO, Robert ’RJ’ Scaringe, recently spoke with AutoExpress and discussed how he plans to make Rivian the biggest and the baddest player of the industry.