It’s kinda hard to boast about the green, environmentally friendly nature of cycling if we’re also driving a big ol’ gas guzzling truck or SUV to the trail head or group ride. But electric and hybrid options for that class of vehicle have been basically non-existent. Until now. Or, at least, until 2020. That’s when Rivian goes into production with their full-electric, massively capable R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV. Here’s the details…

Rivian R1T is the worlds first full electric non-hybrid 4wd pickup truck
Climbing phenom Alex Honnold (red jacket) is a brand ambassador for Rivian. All photos ©Rivian.

The Rivian R1T crew cab pickup is built on a “skateboard” frame, which puts the largest, most powerful (their claims) rechargeable battery pack for a vehicle directly into the center of the chassis. On each corner is a separate 200hp electric motor for each wheel, which together will rocket this thing from 0 to 60 in a claimed 3 seconds. Not bad for a vehicle that can take you and four friends plus bikes and gear up to 440 miles on a single charge.

The truck’s bed may be compact, but there’s a slick pass-through compartment directly behind the cab, whose doors fold down to become seats. And since there’s no huge internal combustion engine taking up space in the front, a 330L “trunk” sits under the hood for more storage.

Generous ground clearance and a 3-foot wading depth means you can take it just about anywhere. The locking tailgate cover and storage compartment doors means your gear will be safe when you get there, too. Inside the bed, the tailgate floor lifts up to reveal a full size spare tire, too. And there are three 110V power outlets back there, too!

Rivian R1T electric truck hauls your gear and bikes up to 440 miles per charge

Inside you’ll find sustainably harvested wood with a posh but durable set of materials surrounding you…and the massive central digital touch screen. On it, you can show multiple data points about your trip and the vehicle, or go full screen with maps. Off road, they’re working on maps that’ll show not just your route, but also terrain and elevation data to give you a better picture of what’s coming up.

Rivian R1S electric SUV

The Rivian R1S is the worlds first full electric non-hybrid 7 passenger SUV

If your needs lean more toward people transport than gear, opt for the 7-passenger Rivian R1S SUV. It shares the same platform, motor and battery system, but covers the rear and adds more seating. There’s storage behind the back row, plus the hood/trunk up front. Power and other performance ratings are basically the same as for the truck.

Rivian R1S electric SUV technical details specs and pricing with interior view Rivian R1S electric SUV technical details specs and pricing

Both vehicles have a 400+ mile range with the largest battery pack option. Rivian says that’s good enough to go from San Francisco to Yosemite and back on a single full charge. They also have a 3,500kg (~7,700lbs) towing capacity and 800kg (~1,760lbs) payload. Which means there are very few compromises for going all electric.

The Rivians will use a combination of Lidar, Radar, Cameras, GPS and Ultrasonic sensors to enable their vehicles to drive autonomously on the highway.

Why in the world are we writing about this? Well, we love bikes. But we also love bad ass adventure vehicles. That’s why you might soon see our #vanlife series morph into a more all-encompassing “adventure vehicle” series. We thought this was a good start.

Rivian Pricing & Availability

Want one? They’re taking pre-orders now with a fully refundable $1,000 deposit. Production starts in 2020, and top level models with the largest battery pack and electronics packages will be made first. Base price for the R1T truck is $61,500 and R1S SUV is $62,500…and they’ll go up from there. Depending on model and options, range can vary from a claimed 260+ miles up to 440+ miles per charge.

Rivian.com

31 COMMENTS

  1. I think this is a great idea and have been really surprised at Tesla’s lack of a truck and real suv.
    I’m holding out hope that Rivian is successful and think that this is the future of these types of vehicle and would certainly be in market for such vehicles.

  2. Yeah! Another actually-powered-by-coal-and-gas “electric” vehicle…

    p.s. Tires emit rubber particles into the air, and electric vehicles emit more rubber particles because they are significantly heavier.

    p.p.s. If you think 1,500 pounds of lithium batteries are “green”, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

    • Ah, the old “but you batteries get charged with fossil fuels” and “batteries aren’t green” garbage argument that people love to trot out.
      1) Yes, electric cars can be charged with electricity generated by fossil fuels, but they don’t have to be. As more and more of the energy mix comes from green sources, the greener the charging of electric will become. You can’t fuel a gas powered car with wind, or solar, or anything else, they are very limited in how much greener they can get going forward.
      2) Yes, batteries suck – but you only have to make them once for the lifetime of the battery, and their is significant room for improvement in battery technology into the future to make them last longer, be produced with less environmental cost, and be more recyclable.

      In other words, don’t try to pass off the logical fallacy of “it’s not perfect so it’s not a good alternative”. Electric cars don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be better than fossil fuels powered vehicles and they have more room to improve. Gas cars have pretty much reached peaked greenness, electric and other options are only just getting starting.

      • This is another EV built buy some safari club member in CA. maybe in CA, where the most off road a range rover will get is the hood when the owner takes a wrong turn, this truck is good enough but for places were people actually use a truck as a truck this thing is a joke. Big question not answered is if the range is achievable while towing or hauling something? Most of the country is not dotted with EV chargers and i can imagine how long this thing would take to charge on a wall outlet. Also, many people use ttucks to haul a camper. most people also dont camp less than 200 miles from their house or in large urban areas (where charging station would most likely be) so they will still need a real truck to do those types of things. or camp at the charging station (sounds fun). so they have $60k toy truck to look cool for the hipsters and another $60k truck that does everything else.

        Also, until someone actually looks at the carbon footprint of making batteries from start to finish this will always be brought up. It is also a very valid point to bring up since EV companies never talk about it. if building lithium batteries was a greener process they would be shouting it from the rooftops.

    • Depends where you live. Plenty of states where coal plays little or no part of electrical generation.

      Yes, it would great on many levels if we could all go car free but that’s not going to happen. Just because you can go car free doesn’t mean it’s a viable option for everyone because not everyone lives the same life as you. Claiming otherwise is simply proving to the world that you live a life of privilege and/or are utterly lacking in empathy. A far more practical future to lobby for is one where people curtail their use of cars as much as possible (it’s hard to make a case for driving to a grocery store that’s only a mile away!) and when their current car does reach the end of it’s lifespan they switch over to an EV.

      • Hello Chris, the carbon footprint of such a huge EV is enormous, it certainly can’t be green in any way. People that care about the environment knows that :
        1- We can’t simply continue to live as is. Some compromise has to be done and less driving is part of it. Live locally, enjoy more leisure time with local activities.
        2- If you have to drive use a light/simple vehicle. Such a truck would have the carbon footprint of 3 to 4 light vehicles. Most simple passenger cars can tackle the road and paths that people tackles with those trucks without any problems, it’s not that horrible.

    • @Velo Kitty, all of the points you raise are valid, and have an important place in the conversation about the future of transportation. And through continued dialogue, hopefully more people can make considered, informed decisions that reduce our overall impact on the planet.

      Knowing how your electricity was generated is critical. While not the case everywhere, the grid in BC is primarily hydroelectric. Renewable sources of energy are a big part of the mix in many other jurisdictions too. There are also a growing number of options for our homes to generate solar energy, store it, and charge personal vehicles. While there is still a lot of progress to be made, I’m optimistic that the energy mix will continue to to shift more towards renewable, which makes the argument for EVs more compelling.

      Re: the effects of rubber tires and batteries, these are real issues, and hopefully consumers can continue to push for wholesale improvements through the manufacturing, use and recycling of these components.

    • Just because the current energy infrastructure is still mostly based on archaic fossil fuels does not mean we shouldn’t be supporting development of cleaner energy sources and transportation technologies, which are clearly both already underway.

      Lithium mining operations are no better than other heavy metal mining operations but batteries can be, and are, regularly recycled — unlike carbon emissions.

    • When you forget that electricity is used to refine oil into gasoline. So If you live where I live here is how it works- Oil is drilled nearby at a great environmental cost just south of me. Then it is refined at another great cost just north of me, lots of electricity required. And then it is burned all around me. Hell yeah, I will welcome each and every electric vehicle that hits the road.

    • If every car manufactured starting tomorrow was electric there is only 13yrs of lithium on/in the planet. Unless someone comes up with something other than lithium electric cars they are going nowhere. And then there is the issue of where do all of these electric cars get their power from? Green energy you say? It will never happen. All of the turbines, solar, geo thermal, etc combined and multiplied by 1,000,000 couldn’t keep up. And there literally isn’t enough fossil fuel on the planet to fuel the conversion of the world’s infrastructure if we started today. These are all facts you can look up and verify. You know, math. Barring any massive technological breakthroughs the only shot humanity has of keeping it’s current standard of living, let alone doing it “green” is to switch over to nuclear (or kill of a couple billion people). Starting about 30yrs ago. But no one will do that because nuclear is “bad”. Basically we’re doomed. So drink up and go ride your bike! Enjoy the decline of mankind. But have fun doing it.

      • So from your post could one deduce that presently less than one millionth, that would be .0001 % of our Energy comes from renewable sources?

      • Lets analyse the statement “If every car manufactured starting tomorrow was electric there is only 13yrs of lithium on/in the planet”. Note that is 13 years, not 10, not 12, not 15. According to wikipedia in seawater alone there is estimated to be 230 billion tonnes of Li. Now in 2016 about 72 million vehicles were manufacured worldwide. 13 times 72 million is a bit under a billion. So that means that there would be 230 TONNES of Li just in the oceans alone to keep making cars at the current rate for 13 years.

        • are you going to magically process ALL of the worlds oceans to get that lithium? is that process going to be green? what is going to happen to all the micro organisms in said water? How green will it be to move 230 tonnes of lithium and who’s neighborhood are you going to move it though?

  3. I would love to see this happen but as someone who has followed this company for a while I’m not very optimistic. Rivian have been around for 10 years and had 3 different names in that time. Their original plan was to make an in expensive (sub $30k) city car starting in 2013. That failed to happen so then they decided to go down the autonomous vehicle rabbit hole. Nothing came of that either. Now they’re planning on these vehicles. I’m not optimistic that a company with only ~500 employees is going to be able to produce vehicles at any sort of scale.

    At $60k this truck is only around $10-15k more than a nicely loaded Ford F150 or Toyota Tundra which means they’re in the mass market rather than being the luxury market like Land Rover or Porsche. As Elon Musk has learned the hard way, making luxury cars is actually a lot easier than making mass market cars and Tesla’s total global production numbers are well under half what Land Rover Jaguar sell just in North America. There are good reasons why you haven’t seen a truly successful car company start up in quite some time.

    • Huh. I hadn’t realized this company had such a history! I’m both encouraged/dismayed by that… but given what you’ve said, I think they’ve finally found a product people will buy. ALL my car-buddies have been talking about this company since they announced these vehicles.

      Personally, I want the SUV for sure… not even because it’s ‘greener’, but just because of the performance it offers off-road and on! These folks have really created the best off-road architecture I’ve ever seen for a mass-market vehicle. This thing won’t be as capable as a lifted Jeep on 40’s, but it should embarrass every Range Rover and Jeep Grand Cherokee on the planet!

      I think that Tesla had better take note… this is where the US market is, and where most people are buying, so they’d better start offering products like these soon!

  4. I have 0 interest in reading about a truck on a bike website. The stretch the site makes into camping and van life gear is pretty tenuous, and this bends way past that.

  5. 1- no car is best
    2-Extending your little car is good
    3-An electric truck is OK after about one two year of use where the carbon footprint of the battery starts to wear off in the best situation.

    Getting a new Tesla every 3 years is a joke

    No car will save traffic issues

    My next car will be electric but not until my 12 year old passat dies

    My next bike is a Mueller cargo bike dual battery

  6. If you’re gonna do a promo piece on Rivian, you should also do one on Atlis, which is in many ways is more innovative than the Rivian.

    For sure, though, full-size electric pick-ups are on the horizon!

  7. Um yeah….. Cool if they want to make it. NOT cool for government to force people to drive they car THEY think we all should.

    Got an electric truck that can haul my 4000 pound truck camper 1,100 miles each way for my holiday vacation to Arizona? Do I have to stop every 200 miles and re-charge for 8 hours? Or drive that UPS/FEDEX truck from California to Colorado with my new bicycle in it over the Continental Divide?

    Great if we get there but solar and wind power ain’t going to cut it as already stated regarding nuclear power.

  8. i don’t have the numbers to back it up, but i feel like buying an old truck that is serviceable is probably greener than supporting the manufacturing of a new one, and those slave kids in lithium mines probably don’t love their jobs anyways, so why support their employers? also, yeah, not a bike on a bike site is silly.

  9. Don’t care that this is a bike website. Don’t care that everyone loves to complain in the comments section. If you don’t care about vehicles, don’t click on these posts, then proceed to spend even more time on the topic by complaining in the comments.That behavior doesn’t make any sense.

    The ‘adventure vehicle’ topic is just as relevant to my interest in ‘adventure bikes.’ I drive a truck but driving an e-truck would be way cool. Thanks for sharing. The Rivian truck is what I could call a dream vehicle and hope it succeeds.

  10. I’m way into electric transportation, cars, trucks, etc. Yet if BR can do stories on this, then how about ebikes?!?! Seems more appropriate. Ebike haters need not be accommodated for obvious reasons.

  11. This thing looks like a rich person’s toy. A motor for each wheel sounds like wicked fun for off-roading. Imagine being able to control it like a skid steerer or better. Needs a retractable excavation arm.

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