We are getting more and more information about the Rivian R1T as events leading to deliveries become more and more frequent. One such noted event is the release of the Userguide manual for the R1T. information from the manual categorizes the Rivian R1T as a heavy-duty truck, putting it on par with trucks like the Ford F250 Chevy 2500, and Ram 2500.
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The Rivian R1T Owners Manual hints that the all-electric adventure pickup truck could essentially be considered a heavy-duty truck. Several details in the Rivian R1T Owners Manual hint at this, but the main one would be the all-electric pickup’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 8,532 lbs.
While the R1T’s GVWR places it in the heavy-duty category, its dimensions do not. The electric pickup is slightly bigger than the Toyota Tacoma crew cab and a bit smaller than a Ford F-150 crew cab.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, trucks weighing between 8,501 to 10,000 lbs. are classified as EPA Class 2b. The Rivian R1T could then be considered a three-fourth ton heavy-duty pickup truck based on its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating classification. The classification puts the Rivian R1T in the same category as the Ford-250, Chevy 2500, and Ram 2500. For some perspective, Ford calls the Ford-250 its “Super Duty” truck, and it’s made to handle work and loads the F-150 can not.
Popular trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings include, the Rivian R1T: with Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 8,532 lbs, the Toyota Tacoma with Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 5,600 lbs, the Ford F-150 Hybrid at 7,350 lbs, Nissan Frontier weighing 6,012 lbs, the Toyota Tundra Hybrid with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 7,660 lbs, the Nissan Titan XD weighing 8,800 lbs and the Chevy Silverado 2500 weighing 10,850 lbs.
For months, the truck was portrayed as the one being made for adventures. While it was already known that it can handle a lot, it was implied for the toughness and the ability of the vehicle to adapt. It was never considered as a vehicle for heavy-duty works. While it still looks like a light-duty truck like the expected electric pickup, it is too early to tell if customers who pre-ordered would like their vehicle to be a heavy-duty vehicle.
A truck’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or GVWR is the most accurate way of knowing how much a truck can carry. The Rivian Owners Manual does not provide a precise payload capacity for the R1T pickup truck. However, it does hypothetically calculate a capacity of 1,400 lbs.
The Rivian R1T’s GVWR hints at how all-electric pickup trucks could change the way people classify trucks and their capabilities. Despite its GVWR classification matching trucks like the Ford-250, the Rivian R1T will most likely be pitted against Ford’s F-150 Lightning and the Tesla Cybertruck.
The Lightning is marketed as a working truck with the commercial model priced at $39,974. Meanwhile, the Cybertruck has been said to make an excellent commercial pickup, and it starts at $39,900 for the Single Motor RWD variant.
Months before its expected September deliveries for its Launch Edition trucks, Rivian has shown the R1T in different situations with its Stories series. Most Rivian Stories show the R1T as a truck made for adventures in different landscapes and varying weather conditions.
Rarely has the Rivian R1T been depicted as a working truck in Stories. However, the Owners Manual hints that the R1T could be used for work and play.
Rivian’s configuration page states that deliveries for its non-Launch Edition R1T vehicles will begin by January 2022. The Rivian R1T Explore Package starts at $67,500. While the Adventure Package with premium interior and added functionality starts at $73,000.
As September nears an end, Rivian R1T Launch Edition deliveries seem to be within sight. The EV automaker has already released the first iteration of its official Rivian App, which contains a multitude of information and hints about the R1T, including the Owners Manual–which was shared by the Rivian Forums.