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Rivian R1T electric pickup arrives as fastest truck in history

With the delivery of Rivian pickup trucks slowly and steadily increasing, the electric vehicle startup’s fact figures are again in the spotlight.

The innovative company is an industry phenomenon. It was the first electric truck on the market, beating Ford, GM and Tesla with the Rivian R1T. The company plans to debut its SUV in early 2023.

The Rivian is the fastest-ever accelerating pickup truck.
The Rivian is the fastest-ever accelerating pickup truck.

With the delivery of fewer than 1,500 vehicles to date, Rivian has also assumed a new title. It’s the fastest truck ever made.

The 2022 Rivian R1T electric truck advances at its best from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds, according to extensive testing by MotorTrend.

The record was achieved on 21-inch rims and all-season road tires. On all-terrain tires and 20-inch rims, the Rivian achieved a best zero-to-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds.

MotorTrend, which has tested cars since 1949, conducts most of its acceleration tests at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. It uses a logical and detailed method.

According to the publication, on a windy day testers engage in speed tests in both directions and average the results.

Also, MotorTrend calculates every test by subtracting one foot of “rollout.” The results are times similar to drag strips equipped with a light tree. It doesn’t test cars in wet weather.

The publication also states:

“It (the Rivian) is the first mass-produced electric vehicle with four separate electric engines. The Quad-Motor drive delivers the maximum amount of torque to each tire. Rivian’s algorithm can modulate the amount of power going to each motor based on which tires are slipping.

“The ‘torque-vectoring’ technology is handy off-road. On-road, it catapults the Rivian R1T into sports sedan levels of performance.”

The new Rivian has 835 horsepower and a towing capacity of 11,000 pounds. Its range is 314 miles.

The Rivian truck eclipsed the previous fastest truck, the Ram 1500 TRX, by one second. It was timed by MotorTrend in 4.1 seconds.

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Ty Pope
29 days ago

The article was about the FASTEST truck in history but never once mentioned it’s top speed that gives it that title. Volvo’s Iron Knight ran 171 mph.
The Rivian may be the QUICKEST truck but is it the fastest?
Quickness is measured by acceleration and is typically identified in a 0-60 mph test
Fastness is measured by highest speed and is usually identified in a straight line, foot to the floor, run until the vehicle no longer accelerates, run.

Glen Anderson
1 month ago

Unless I’m mistaken, a motor and an engine are different animals. Electric vehicles have motors, an internal combustion is an engine. Eh?

Will
1 month ago

Speaking of towing (I would be a happy camper if I got 1/2 the mileage from my 5.7 hemi while towing) why don’t they make campers and trailers with regenerative braking, and what would that do for towing range?

Taffy
29 days ago
Reply to  Will

Look at ozxcorp, they have regenerative breaking and power assistance for
Hill climbing.

Thomas D
1 month ago

I guess I’ll have to wait awhile. I NEED a truck that does 0-60 in 2.5 seconds.
Are they going NUTS.
WE have enough of that right now in Phoenix.
Gotta get to the next red light first. Just to stop.
Dumb a$$’%

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

I continue to say, “Who cares how quick a pickup is off the line?”

Terry
1 month ago

The HP is 835 and battery range is 314 miles. I wonder who needs 835 HP in a pickup and how much less would it cost and what would the range be if say it was only 300HP? Also there is not a street legal tire that can even come close to put that much power to the ground with out Spinning. 0 to 60 that fast just to get to a tire store to buy new rear tires is just stupid. Build a electric pickup that is practical. I have had an older Ford spin the tires pulling a 5th wheel going up a hill with cruise control on. You can only use so much power.

Jason
29 days ago
Reply to  Terry

That’s not how it works. You can have boat loads of power and still sip juice from the battery with an EV. Just not at the same time. The same principles for ICE engines don’t directly apply to EV motors. If you drive it like your grand pappy it will get maximum range. Nobody wants a 250hp EV pickup.

wesley
29 days ago
Reply to  Terry

It’s awd with computer torque control for each wheel. Plus it’s weighs as much as my truck and boat combined. So you need that horsepower to get the Little beast moving. And if your spining tires pulling a fifth wheel your load to weight ratio is all wrong. F-150s are not heavy enough to tow a fifth wheel.

Brandon
29 days ago
Reply to  Terry

This guy is an expert in towing trailers…with an f150. I needed a good laugh.

Bill n Stacey
1 month ago

The Absolute Truth About How Energy Is Produced.. A 3 minute Video at Prager U. (Cant Post Link As It Will Be Censored)…

Dave
1 month ago

Towing mileage is less than half the empty mileage.

Jason
29 days ago
Reply to  Dave

Towing mileage depends on many factors all of which also affect ICE truck towing. At max towing(11k) your range drops by about half. Same as my Toyota Tundra on 87 octane. But if you tow smaller, and more areodynamic trailers your range is higher.

John
1 month ago

Fastest…not really. Quickest, sure. What is the top speed? That is fastest

Gary
1 month ago
Reply to  John

I agree. One of my little pet peeves.

wesley
29 days ago
Reply to  John

Top speed of 115 on the salt flats. About 7 days ago.

Steve
29 days ago
Reply to  John

Agreed. Fastest is maximum speed, or maximum speed achieved over a set distance (hence the relationship). Fastest is velocity, Quickest is the time taken. Not at all the same thing. Using them interchangeably is just lazy journalism. Though repeated use this way is blurring the distinction for many.

Ran
1 month ago

Sure would be nice to hear of EV’s that can be flat towed behind a Motorhome!

Dave
1 month ago
Reply to  Ran

Agree! Hopefully the wrangler not far off. The Rivian is a beauty though and an extremely good ride from a friend that has it.