Sure, a pickup might come in handy for the farmer, but a camper based on that pickup would suit every traveler

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.

The Rivian R1T-Based Camper Is Way Cooler Than the Pickup
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Rivian has just unveiled an all-electric camper that uses the R1T pickup as starting point. We don’t know about you, but we firmly believe that such a vehicle is a lot more useful for the regular customer than a pickup truck - and also makes more sense for the adventure-seeking buyer.

Our two cents aside, those who witnessed the R1T’s early days on the internet will undoubtedly remember the 350-liter (12.3 cubic feet) gear tunnel placed right between the cabin and the bed. Well, for the camper version Rivian displayed at Overland Expo West 2019, it has been adapted to host a mini-kitchen.

The gizmo looks more like a bar counter than an actual table, but as far as we can tell from the pictures Rivian uploaded on its media website, it uses a drawer system of sorts to maximize storage space.

The Rivian R1T-Based Camper Is Way Cooler Than the Pickup
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At this time, we can’t confirm that the camper version of the R1T pickup truck will pack all the items shown here - tin pots, cups, plates, pans and other utensils - or whether they’re used just to highlight the system’s features.

Nonetheless, Rivian tells us that the converted R1T on display at Overland West is, in fact, fitted with a custom electric camp stove powered by the EV's batteries.

With it, you can cook for over a week using "just 20 kWh - or 11% "of the largest 180 kWh Rivian battery pack."

The Rivian R1T-Based Camper Is Way Cooler Than the Pickup
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What’s also pretty clear is that on top of the bed, the camper uses or is compatible with Tepui tent - as seen in the Instagram photo below - that looks very similar to the Ruggedized Kukenham 3 soft-shell roof top tent sold by Tepui. Or perhaps it is a Rivian exclusive based on that model.

For those of you unfamiliar with the brand, Tepui produces rooftop tents, beddings, and accessories for the car adventure enthusiast. Another visible add-on is the storage roof rack mounted on top of the R1T’s cabin.

Rivian R1T pickup truck at a glance

The 2020 Rivian R1T Electric Truck Middle Fingers Tesla with a 3-Second Sprint to 60 mph and 400 Mile Range Exterior
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The lack of an internal-combustion engine has cleared a lot of usable space under the hood - one of the things that sets apart Rivian’s R1T pickup truck from its more traditional siblings is the front trunk (aka frunk) that offers 330 liters (11.6 cubic feet) of space.

On the specs and performance side, those still waiting for Tesla to make a move on the electric pickup truck niche might want to check out what Rivian’s literature has in store for the R1T.

Stretching to a wheelbase of 3,450 mm (overall length is 5,475 mm), the R1T can pack up to 750 hp coming from four electric motors that produce 1,120 Nm (in the region of 826 pound-feet) of torque between them and offer all-wheel-drive capabilities.

The 2020 Rivian R1T Electric Truck Middle Fingers Tesla with a 3-Second Sprint to 60 mph and 400 Mile Range Exterior
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But don’t imagine all this grunt is for staying on asphalt à la Model X. The R1T pickup truck has a breakover angle of 26 degrees, complemented by approach and departure angles of 34 and 30 degrees, respectively. Also, the maximum ground clearance is 360 mm and the R1T can pull off fording in waters of up to 3 feet (1 meter) deep.

But that’s not to say the R1T customer should stay off the beaten path at all times: the R1’s aerodynamics are superior to any other pickup truck, or at least that’s what Rivian says, without providing an aero coefficient for its contraption.

Maximum range on a full charge is estimated by Rivian at 400 miles (640 km).
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

Further reading

The 2020 Rivian R1T Electric Truck Middle Fingers Tesla with a 3-Second Sprint to 60 mph and 400 Mile Range Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2020 Rivian R1T Pickup.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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