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.
The Rivian R1T Was Spotted During a Commercial Shoot in Canada
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 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 Isn’t Only An EV - It’s A Zero-Emission Camper Too
This is more of a statement from Rivian than an announcement. The company has made it quite clear that it has the stomach to take on the biggest, baddest bully in the market - Tesla - head-on. Even though Tesla enjoys a better brand recall, Rivian has taken an alternate path to become a household name in the EV adventure lifestyle segment. The startup from Michigan has been promoting its Rivian R1T truck as an EV camper now. Seeing the photos on the company’s social media, we must say it looks exciting.
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!
The Rivian R1T-Based Camper Is Way Cooler Than the Pickup
By now, you should know who Rivian is and what are the company’s ambitions. However, if word about Rivian has reached your ears a tad later, all you need to keep in mind for now is that the brand offers an all-electric pickup truck called R1T and SUV named R1S. Here, however, we’ll deal with the former’s latest interpretation.
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.
2020 Rivian R1T Pickup
Just before its official unveiling at the 2018 LA Auto Show, a new Michigan-based EV company revealed its first vehicle - an electric pickup truck called the Rivian R1T Pickup. I remember the buzz on the Internet when Tesla unveiled its Tesla Semi and that mad roadster some years ago. On one of the photographs, clever Tesla marketing gurus sketched what will become the Tesla Pickup. Well, Rivian beat them to the punch on that one. Or has it?
The company called known as Rivian has been around since 2009 and, while it actually did dwell into supercar making at the very start, rationalization brought the company much closer to the ground. Almost ten years after the story started, Rivian CEO, RJ Scaringe, actually decided to tell the world what the Rivian is all about. You haven’t heard a lot about the company until now, have you?
He revealed its intentions at just the right time - after the company acquired a Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois. That’s the place where this sexy pickup (well, I think it’s kinda strange sexy) will be eventually produced. Obviously, Rivian wanted to present itself with a bit of a bang. Acquiring what once was a Mitsubishi factory is a bit like a bomb, especially when you take into account plans to introduce an electric SUV in a few years. Now, we have a pickup - it is 90-percent production ready and brings enough EV promises for us to pay some real attention to it.
Presenting the R1T before Tesla unveiled its pickup truck may very well be the right move. Rivian wants to cash in on people who are actually interested in this kind of thing. If you don’t know them, don’t worry, they will emerge just like Tesla Model S lovers emerged.
So, what’s the Rivian R1T all about?
How Does the Rivian R1S Compete with the Tesla Model X?
After the introduction of that cool Rivian R1T electric pickup truck, Rivian, a Michigan-based electric car developer, revealed the Rivian R1S - an SUV, of course. Despite the massive invasion of electric SUVs on the market (the E-Tron, the EQ C, the I-Pace), the only rational thing would be to compare the boldly massive R1S with the Tesla Model X. This is my take on what the Rivian R1S can do against the Tesla Model X.
Rivian R1T Flexes Its Muscle With Eye-Popping Towing Capacity
The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show will play host to a hot number of vehicles. Models like the all-new Porsche 992 911 will get most of the attention, but don’t dismiss a show-stopping piece like the Rivian R1T. The all-electric pickup truck comes to us by way of auto tech company Rivian, which started out in 2009 as a firm that developed products and services related to sustainable transportation. Almost a decade since its inception, Rivian finally had something to show for its decade-long plan to introduce an all-electric pickup to the market. Sure, the R1T is new to the all-electric vehicle scene, but it’s making up for lost time with an impressive array of features, none more surprising than a towing capacity that would put a lot of today’s incumbent pickups to shame.
The 2020 Rivian R1T Electric Truck Middle Fingers Tesla with a 3-Second Sprint to 60 mph and 400 Mile Range
What is the Cheapest Rivian?
The R1T pickup truck is the cheapest offering from Rivian’s stable as of now. It starts at $69,000. If you compare it to the Tesla pickup truck, which will start under $50,000 according to Elon Musk, it seems to be priced a little premium-like. But it is fairly loaded with stuff like an 15.6-inch touchscreen system that is the biggest we’ve ever seen to date on a production vehicle, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster that displays all relevant data and much more. There is a horizontal hole in the truck which is disguised as a storage space but it actually lies where the gear tunnel would go in a combustion engine. Even the front trunk, or frunk, is fairly large at 11.6-cubic feet.
What is the Sportiest Rivian?
A tough call, but the R1T is the sportiest offering from Rivian, mainly because of its versatility and ruggedness. The R1T is powered by four electric motors - one on each wheel - that produce 197 horsepower each. When working in tandem, the R1T has 788 ponies at its disposal that helps it hit the 60 mph mark from a standstill in 4.9 seconds with the smallest 105-kWh battery pack, 3.2 seconds with the 180-kWh battery (that’s the largest, by the way), and three seconds flat with the 135-kWh pack. The mid-sized battery pack is the fastest because of its weight. Another sporty feature is the adjustable air suspension that can raise the R1T from 7.9 inches to 14.2 inches by the press of a button.
What is the Most Popular Rivian?
The vehicles have not been launched yet, so, it’s tough to comprehend that. But by the sheer curiosity and the liveliness of the segment, it’s got to be the R1T pickup truck. The truck is in a three-way battle with Tesla’s pickup truck and the all-electric Ford F-150 and has created enough hype to keep the enthusiasts on their toes.
What is the Most Expensive Rivian?
The R1S SUV starts at $72,000. It comes with four electric motors placed on each wheel. In its highest capacity, the R1S can cover 410 miles on a single charge with its 180-kWh battery. The quad-motor setup produces a combined output of 700 horses and 826 pound-feet of torque. Mind you, this seven-seater SUV can speed to 60 mph in less than three seconds.
What is the Fastest Rivian?
The official figures for the R1S are not out yet, but the company claims the 0-60 mph sprint is doable in under three seconds. The R1T pickup truck, on the other hand, has different timings depending on the battery capacities. The smallest 105-kWh battery pack truck can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.9 seconds, the 180-kWh battery-spec in 3.2 seconds, while the 135-kWh battery pack can pull it off in and three seconds flat. Both the vehicles, in all their battery capacities, have the same top speed of 125 mph (200 km/h).
Are Rivian Cars Reliable?
Since the cars are not launched yet, we cannot comment on reliability. But since big shots like Amazon and Ford have stakes in it, we expect it to be rated highly. Time will tell.