The mantra of all of who enjoy the outdoors is “leave no trace”. Well, little-known automaker Rivian has taken that concept to the next level. Recently announced at the LA Auto Show, the Michigan based company released the R1T 5 seat all electric adventure pick up with a range of 400 miles.
As Tesla has proven, just because it’s an electric vehicle doesn’t mean it’s slow. Quite the contrary, boasting a 0-60 time of just three secs! With motors at all four wheels, this truck has an AWD system that you won’t find anywhere else out on the trails. Size wise, the R1T fits perfectly in the small truck market as its very comparable to the Tacoma, Ranger, and Colorado, making it great for the weekend overlander.
When it comes to cargo carrying, the R1T can carry everything you need for a weekend and more! On top of the pickup bed loaded with three 110v outlets, compressed air for refilling tires, and tie down cables, Rivian also included a front trunk and a 12.4 cubic foot gear tunnel which runs the entire width of the truck. For overlanders, another awesome feature is the collapsible “flexible crossbar system” which is the perfect host for a rooftop tent.
Thinking about towing? Well, you have come to the right place! The R1T has a towing capacity of 11,000-lbs which is like eight Maple X’s! Not only on pavement but off road the R1T is set to be a beast. Rivian’s specs put the wheelbase at 136” with 34-degree approach and 36-degree departure angles. But here’s the kicker, the standard air suspension, allows for 7.9 to 14.2 inches of ground clearance, making 45-degree hill climbs no sweat!
Outclassing, its “competitors” on every level, the Rivian wanted to rub it in with three touchscreen infotainment monitors and multiple cameras including one facing the bed that would notify the owner in the event of a theft. Now all of this awesomeness does come with a price. Base price on the R1T is right around $60k, optioned out and you’ll be over six figures in a hurry. Is this the right choice for the weekend warrior? Maybe not. But, it does shine some light on what’s to come in the future in the light truck segment!