Rivian R1T electric pickup truck slays rocks and dirt in new video

Rivian R1T electric pickup truck slays rocks and dirt in new video

We are talking about the upcoming Rivian R1T here at Roadshow First laid eyes At the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2018. The company has since had to Delayed its official launch Thanks to COVID-19 by 2021, but that hasn’t stopped engineers from taking a prototype to the desert in Arizona for some dirt shenanigans.

In the video Rivian flows some over the dirt, kicking a fair amount of photo-ready dust. It’s impressive, but it’s easy enough to get anything to go all-attractive on low-traction, flat surfaces. What’s really cool is the rock-crawling section. Here the R1T scrambles up and down a steep, rock-stun hill without difficulty. It is difficult to tell if the truck employs a differential locker or if it is a combination of torque vectoring and brake traction control. Regardless, the result is the same. The truck handles medium-sized boulders like it does not matter.

Climbing rocky hills in Arizona.


However, I think the most telling outline in the video is looking with pleasure in the engineer’s eyes as he digs into all the sweet instantaneous electric torque.

As of now we all know about the R1T that it will have a range of 400 miles, about 3 seconds of 0 to 60 minutes, and it can fit up to three feet deep. An electric motor rests on each wheel –Hello, tank turns– – and offers a payload rating of 1,764 pounds and a tow rating of just over 11,000 pounds.

It all sounds great, and if there is any indication in the video the Rivian R1T should be a worthy desert contender. However, we have to preserve judgment until we actually get our butt behind the wheel.

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