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.