Rivian sets debut, prices, specs for powerful EV trucks

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By James Raia
The long-awaited Rivian, the uniquely designed electric pickup truck, will be available to consumers in the summer of 2021 and with a starting price of $75,000.

Only Launch Edition versions of the trucks will debut. The R1T Launch Edition will start at $75,000; the R1S Launch Edition will start at $77,500, according to Rivian’s website.

The electric Rivian pickup truck will debut in the summer of 2021.
The electric Rivian pickup truck will debut in the summer of 2021.

The two options will include the “Large Pack” standard. It’s a mid-level 135-kwh battery pack with more than 300 miles of range. Acceleration from 0-60 miles per hour is estimated in 3.0 seconds.

Rivian has impressive towing capacities

Rivian reported a towing capacity of up to 11,000 pounds for the R1T and 7,700 pounds for the R1S. The R1S will be available in five- and seven-seat configurations.

In January 2022, Rivian will add Explore and Adventure equipment packages for the R1T and R1S. Pricing for the base Explore trim level will start at $67,500 for the R1T and $70,000 for the R1S. The R1T and R1S Adventure models will be priced the same as the Launch Edition versions.

Rivian said a longer-range R1T with more than 400 miles of range will be available starting in January 2022.

The R1S measures 202 inches long, 79 inches wide, and 72 inches high. That makes it 3.2 inches longer, 0.1 inch wider, and 1.8 inches taller than the Ford Explorer. The R1T is 218 inches long – which puts it in the full-size truck territory – with the same height and width. Wheelbases are 121 inches for the R1S and 135 inches for the R1T.

Rivian also announced a maximum ground clearance of 14.4 inches for both vehicles and a maximum wading depth of more than three feet.

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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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Marvin
11 days ago

The Rivian trucks are amazing.

I suggest you take a look at the AppleTV Series “Long Way Up.” In it, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ride electric Harley-Davidsons from the tip of South America to Los Angeles, supported by the show’s producers in twin all-wheel-drive Rivian trucks. They take a tremendous beating along the 13,000 mile route, and emerge mostly intact.

Side note: The show highlights some of the amazingly beautiful scenery in South America, and I was impressed at how friendly and eager to accommodate the people were all along the route. It’s another beautifully done “Long Way” series.

Thomas D
11 days ago

0 to 60 in 3 seconds.
Thank God
Its taken me almost 6 seconds to do that in my duramax

Wayne Caldwell
11 days ago

400 mile range —- is that towing range? And when you get to your rv site, where do you recharge it, since your rv is already using the 50 or 30 amp outlets? (Can the normal pedestal handle 80 amps overnight?)

Scott R. Ellis
11 days ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

I’m sure it’s not. And an approximation isn’t hard: let’s say the 11,000-lb trailer is twice the truck’s weight: that will decrease that range to 400/3, or 130 miles– and that’s not considering aerodynamic effects.

This is as pathetic a “truck” as Musk’s, if not quite as ugly.

Don’t get me wrong–I’d love to see a practical electric truck–but battery technology is simply not there yet. Not even close.

Tommy Molnar
11 days ago

Note that only EV’s show 0-60 times. Who cares about this? No ‘normal’ vehicle ads post such worthless information. Why? Because no one cares. I don’t get it. I guess we can blame Elon Musk for this. He started it.

Last edited 11 days ago by Tommy Molnar