Rivian and the electric pickup industry are still developing, but this outstanding and reliable car will appeal to EV buyers looking for a blend of functionality, performance, and decent manners on and off the road. A star rating will be saved for our maiden drive on European soil. Due to factors beyond its control, the automobile industry as a whole may be slowing down, but electric pickup trucks are one segment that is on the rise. In the United States, more and more electric trucks are showing up.
These include the massive Hummer EV and the Ford F-150 Lightning, as well as Tesla’s as-yet-unrealized Cybertruck. Rivian is another up-and-coming American company, and after making a lot of noise over the past several years with a prototype electric pickup truck called the R1T, it is now officially on the road, and we took it for a test drive this morning. The first R1Ts in production have already been delivered to clients, and the R1S, the brand’s upcoming SUV, will borrow heavily from this truck’s technology. Next year, they’ll be in Europe, and RHD UK cars might follow. Rivian intends to open “Hubs” as opposed to conventional dealerships, the first of which will be in Venice Beach, California. These Hubs offer more than just a venue to view the cars, similar to NIO’s “Houses.” There are available shared places for working, being creative, and unwinding. The brand’s models fit right in with the hip surroundings, with surfboards protruding from the back of the R1S SUV. However, if you want to rely on the Rivian R1T pick-quad-motor up’s all-electric setup, its performance is anything but relaxed. With two e-motors placed on each axle and a combined power output of 754 horsepower, the vehicle performs impressively. Despite having a kerbweight of 2.7 tonnes, the R1T sprints from 0 to 60 miles per hour in in three seconds. In terms of responses, it is very dissimilar from any pickup that came before it and is almost like an electric sports car. It boasts the turning circle of a tiny hatchback, is virtually nimble, and supercar-competing acceleration. This is in a vehicle with a cargo capacity of more than 800kg and the ability to wade through water up to around a meter deep. There is both eye-catching technology and real usefulness. There are six USB outlets throughout the cabin, a tastefully integrated double-screen infotainment system, and a roomy front seat.
There is plenty of capacity for rear passengers, as well as a sizable front trunk and the “Gear Tunnel,” which spans the body and is made feasible by the EV platform, right before the back axle.