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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Rivian’s Electric Truck – Cutie and the Beast

The terrifying Rivian R1T, the first crusher in the coming wave of electric pickup trucks, can hover unharmed over gnarled boulders, trail 11,000 pounds of cargo and burn up at 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds. The truck brings everything and a kitchen sink with outdoor extras such as a rooftop tent and a rail-mounted Camp kitchen that allows owners to cook an omelet on the trail and wash the dishes afterwards. And after its initial public offering, Rivian is already valued at nearly $ 100 billion, more than giants such as Ford Motor and General Motors.

So far so good for crossed fingers of shareholders, stakeholders (including Amazon and Ford) and 9,500 employees. Some consumers may still have a question: what is Rivian?

The R1T, currently out at Mitsubishi’s former Illinois plant, has to go through this awkward dating phase, much like the then little-known Tesla with its Roadster in 2008 and Model S in 2012. Unlike Tesla, which created the EV market and was once largely on its own, Rivian faces direct competition from the 1,000-horsepower GMC Hummer EV pickup truck and the Ford F-150 Lightning, which is America’s best-selling car. for 39 consecutive years, which is due to arrive in the spring. Tesla has brought production of its Cybertrucks in Texas to 2022.

Based in Irvine, California, it took Rivian 12 years to enter the market, but the timing seems perfect. Pickup trucks continued to hold a strong position in the market as the pandemic reduced sales of traditional vehicles. The home flight from big cities, such as the exodus of New York State, may have played a role. (Home project, meet a pickup truck.) One in five cars sold in America is now a full-size pickup truck, or more than three million sales in a typical year.

While the Ford Lightning seems like a more conventional, task-oriented truck, the Rivian is 16 inches shorter – a born adventurer. A pioneer who has also proven that the electric ATV can tackle the toughest terrain. This summer, the R1T successfully traversed the TransAmerica Trail, about 5,000 miles from North Carolina to the Oregon coast. If most buyers are content with only a dirt road to a cottage or camping, they can always dream.

Starting at $ 68,575, the Rivian becomes the first electric vehicle on the market to integrate four independent electric motors, each spinning at up to 18,500 rpm. This allows for all sorts of ‘torque vectoring’ tricks, distributing power in real time to any of the four wheels for maximum performance. Almost without making a sound all the time. “Be careful” is the mantra of any conscious SUV, and the Rivian eliminates the noise of the combustion engine and its tailpipe.

“You can hear the bubbling stream as you walk down the trail – and the birds,” said Brian Gees, director of special projects for Rivian.

However, little will stand in the way of the R1T or its sporting offshoot, the R1S. The adjustable air suspension and four off-road modes – Auto, Rock, Rally and Drift – provide ground clearance of up to 15 inches. That’s 4.2 inches more than the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the benchmark for ground performance.

Drive on smooth city roads and this 835-horsepower beast will outrun any gas-powered pickup truck I’ve tested and hit 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. This despite the curb weight being nearly 7,150 pounds, about a ton more than a typical full-size gasoline pickup. This truck is not so much a challenge to physics as an open rebellion.

Rivian never feels quite what fast, and automotive publications find 3.5 seconds to 60 mph is more like it. Even that’s ludicrous acceleration for any bona fide ATV, let alone one that weighs as much as two BMW 330i sedans and can tow three bimmers at highway speed. Like most whispering electric vehicles, the Rivian tricks our somatic system. Without beeps and fierce pistons, a more reliable calculation for moving forward is to watch small cars turn into smaller specks in the mirror.

On the hilly roads that girdle New York’s reservoirs, Rivian sliced ​​up these BMWs and Benzes like they were holiday turkeys, and its clever hydraulic anti-roll bar kept the truck flat as a platter. A battery with a capacity of about 135 kilowatt-hours, protected by composite underbody armor, provides a range of up to 314 miles according to the EPA – reasonable considering all this mass and resistance. Switching to Economy Mode lowers the ride height and only drives the front axle motors to conserve battery power.

For an additional $ 10,000, a 180 kilowatt-hour battery can extend the range to 400 miles. That beats the $ 112,595 Hummer EV, which should travel around 350 miles with its roughly 200-kilowatt battery, the largest ever installed in an electric vehicle. Rivian also plans to offer a more affordable 105 kilowatt-hour package with a range of around 230 miles.

The R1T’s brake pedal feels a little soft for my taste, but there’s no denying the truck’s amazing deceleration ability. In objective testing, Edmunds.com found that Rivian had set new high records for braking distance, acceleration and traction. Less rushed owners can drive for hours or even days without ever touching the brake pedal: A well-matched, driver-adjustable regenerative function allows you to effortlessly drive “with one pedal” to smoothly stop the truck by lifting the accelerator pedal.

For all its crushing power, the Rivian is cute. Today’s pickup fashion, embodied in a Hummer or Cybertruck, should resemble the Mechagodzilla, all a trampling, fire-breathing threat. Rivian’s oval translucent LED eyes, clean lines and cheerful face are more Iron Giant-like: designed for all ages, genders and personalities, not just Costco cosplayers in trucker hats.

The interior takes the safe route with the Apple-style minimalism that is trendy for electric vehicles. The R1T is slightly longer than midsize trucks, much shorter than full-size trucks, the R1T offers a rear seat that is comfortable for two or three adults. Most of the traditional switches have been truncated in favor of controls on a 16-inch center touchscreen, which isn’t always for the best.

The company believes that a cloud-based navigation system will handle directional tasks, and the 18-speaker Meridian audio system will work well with built-in apps like Spotify or connect smartphones via Bluetooth. But the lack of available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – the standard fare for most budget cars – may warrant heading adjustments.

However, the design, materials (including vegan leather and natural ash wood) and workmanship are convincingly luxurious. And ingenuity is the rule. A portable Bluetooth speaker detaches from the center console, ready to sing around a campfire, with a 1000 lumen flashlight in the driver’s door. USB ports and 110 volt outlets are scattered throughout the cab and cargo platform. This bed features a power tailgate and an optional air compressor that “ventilates” off-road tires and refills them before driving home. No need to bring light with you: There is a large storage compartment under the hood and another under the 4.5ft high cargo platform, with a drain plug that can be used as an ice storage box.

The so-called Equipment Tunnel will pierce the hearts of outdoor enthusiasts. This walk-through abdominal cavity behind the passenger cabin, made possible by the lack of an internal combustion drive shaft, absorbs cargo or extra services like the $ 5,000 Camp extra kitchen. This à la carte dish is not cheap. But deployed from Rivian, the industry’s first unit will stop moving on any back door bump or fire, with a dual-burner convection hob, foldable sink with spray faucet and water tank. and a 30-piece Snow Peak kitchen set.

Now all Rivian has to do is prepare sales. As Tesla’s baby, the company expects to spend several billion dollars before it can generate positive profits. Amazon owns a 20 percent stake, currently about $ 20 billion, more than five times its initial investment, and has ordered 100,000 vans for delivery on the last mile of Rivian by 2030. We’ll see if these vans become Rivian’s secondary occupation or mainstream work.

Whichever electric truck the early adopter preferred, it would have been better to take a seat in line. Ford says it has 160,000 Lightning purchase orders but plans to build only 15,000 next year before rapidly expanding production. In a federal filing, Rivian pointed to 55,400 outstanding orders for the R1T and R1S.

Ford has slashed the starting price of the Lightning to around $ 42,000, but for the production version with a modest 230 miles. Good luck finding the dealer. The larger Lightning XLT will retail for about $ 55,000, and the Platinum download will retail for $ 90,000.

Ford (along with GM) advertises massive scale, dealer networks and manufacturing expertise, albeit in fossil-fueled trucks. Like Tesla, Rivian plans to ditch traditional showrooms in favor of direct selling in all 50 states. The company plans to open dozens of service centers in North America, but is also banking on remote diagnostics, over-the-air updates and mobile technicians who can service Rivians at home, even when owners are away.

Either way, Ford can win: It owns 12 percent of Rivian, although it just scrapped a plan to develop an electric vehicle in partnership with Rivian. Founded by R. J. Scaring, Rivian hopes to fulfill existing orders by the end of 2023 at a plant that can produce 150,000 units per year.

Whatever happens, Rivian can lay claim to being a pioneer in the electric truck industry. From this electric David, the R1T takes an impressive first shot. Let’s see what the Goliaths do when they get off the carpet.

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