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.
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.