Rivian R1T: Toy for a climate-conscious leisure society

Riviano R1T
Toys for the climate-related leisure society

Settlers once conquered the western United States by covered wagon. The pickups later drove there and shaped the image on US roads. But with the R1T, Rivian heralds the next revolution and takes the platform truck into the electric future.

Americans and Adventure: This is a never-ending story. And it’s hardly conceivable without a wheelset. Because even the settlers needed their covered wagons to clean up the Wild West. And those who respect themselves in California, Colorado or Oregon today drive into the pampas in a flatbed truck to hike in the desert, climb mountains or roam the forests.


The carbon neutral adventure with the Rivian R1T starts at $ 70,000.

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Anyone who wants to do this in the future will likely drive a Rivian. Or at least one of over 70,000 pre-orders. Because even before Tesla, the startup registered in California put the first electric pick-up on the market a few months ago, making what is probably the most archaic type of car on the market fit for the future. In theory, and when the base model arrives in 2024, the R1T will start at $ 67,500. Anyone who is already out and about with it has paid at least $ 85,000. And if you tick all the boxes in the online store, you can even get a six-figure sum.

For a retreat, the Rivian could be expensive. Because even though there are enough outliers among conventional competitors costing around $ 100,000, prices for a Ford F-150, Ram 1500, or Chevrolet Silverado start at just under $ 30,000. Seen in this light, the Rivian R1T is anything but a bargain. But for an electric car it’s definitely cheap, at least for one who plays in this league.


The Rivian R1T takes just over three seconds to reach 100 km / h.

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Because the Rivian has not only bigger batteries than a Porsche Taycan, but also more power. And even though the top speed is limited to 200km / h, which is already more than most old-school pickups, it accelerates even better than most Stuttgart low-flyers: 0 to 100km / h in just a little while. more than three seconds. And the one with a live weight of three tons and a driver’s seat that hovers almost two meters above the ground. The kick-down feels like launching a catapult in a fighter jet, and every sprint in a Porsche feels like a breeze in comparison.

Four engines for propulsion

Instead of two, the R1T has four engines, whose output amounts to around 835 hp and whose collective torque curve reaches its maximum over 1200 Newton meters. And the battery is also unrivaled: the first examples are supplied with a 135 kWh battery and have a range of 505 kilometers according to the official standard. Later there will also be a version with 180 kWh and a range of over 600 kilometers. Even the entry-level model, which will also be available later, still manages to amaze. With just one motor per axle, it still has over 600 hp and with 105 kWh, even the smallest battery delivers the same energy as a Mercedes EQS.


There should also be a Rivian R1S in the future.

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A kick-down is enough to shake every Porsche driver’s worldview. But that’s not the essence of this pickup. Like any light truck, the Rivian is of the easygoing variety. You climb above things, swim leisurely in traffic and experience a level of comfort rarely found in classic pickups. Silent, effortless acceleration and air suspension make it the sedan among roof racks. And the fact that it doesn’t lock against every tight curve, creak a cardan shaft, and cross any axis makes the behemoth feel almost as maneuverable as a small car.

iPod instead of tanks

But the Rivian not only drives very differently from the usual pickups, they love to display their often no less impressive power with the emphasis of a steam ram and are as easy to control as a panicked herd of buffalo. It also looks very different. Where traditional bestsellers like the Toyota Tundra or Ford F-150 celebrate orgies in chrome and flex their muscles as openly as the body builders of Venice Beach, the Rivian with its no-frills silhouette, smooth surfaces and spectacular LED headlights makes a impression UFO approaching for landing. iPod instead of tank is the motto and when the R1T takes to the wilderness, it feels like Captain Kirk is camping. This also fits the cabin, which with large gaps and even larger screens wants to be more of a cockpit than an engine room.


The cockpit of the Rivian R1T actually consists only of displays.

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Although the Rivian is a bargain for its league and can easily keep up with classic competitors in terms of payload or trailer load, not to mention the off-road capabilities of its four terrain programs and its XXL ground clearance. at the push of a button, it goes well with this set-up Of course not as a classic company car for farmers, cattle ranchers and construction companies. That’s why Rivian positions it not as a “workhorse,” but as a toy for the climate-conscious leisure society and praises the pickup as the first all-electric adventure truck.

Don’t be afraid of the pampas

The site therefore looks like an open portal, even employee portraits are more likely to be photographed on the beach or in the snow than at their desks. And of course there are all kinds of outdoor accessories for the Rivian: from the pull-out camping kitchen to the practical “Gear Tunnel” – that continuous storage compartment between the cabin and the platform, only possible because the Rivian has no fuel tank and no cardan shaft. – to the house tent on the platform to the closet in the front trunk, which alone is larger than the trunk of most small cars.


If you wish, you can also get the Rivian R1T with roof tent and kitchen.

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Even in the case of Rivian they know there is still a long way to go before the farmers and foresters of the sparsely populated west-central are electrified, and so they are starting to crack down on the country from the coast. But last year they proved that the Rivian is not afraid of the pampas and that the infrastructure is beyond the expected with a spectacular record-breaking lap: the R1T was the first electric car ever to complete the Trans America Trail and so crossed the entire continent without using a road somewhere.

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