Electric Vehicles

Rivian is the world’s 3rd most valuable car maker

Written by Akhil Dalvi

The American EV start-up Rivian has reportedly been valued at over $150 billion post its IPO registration. This makes Rivian the 3rd most valuable automaker globally, overtaking the likes of Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, and Daimler. The EV maker currently sits behind Tesla and Toyota as the highest valued automobile manufacturers in the world.

Backed by Amazon and Ford, Rivian has ramped up the production of its R1T pick-up truck and the R1S SUV. The company has stated that it has announced the roll-out of its R1T electric pick-up truck for customers. Meanwhile, Rivian also stated that the production of the R1S electric SUV would begin sometime next year.

Rivian R1T: Design and Price

Rivian has kept an overall traditional pick-up truck design for its R1T to make it identifiable but with modern elements. The smooth yet flat front end features a massive light bar that covers the car’s entire width. With the light bar ending right before the side panels, the electric pick-up sports vertically-positioned oval air vents with LEDs. Finishing up the front is the plastic-clad bumper with a faux skid plate and integrated LED fog lamps.

At the rear, the pick-up features an LED light bar that covers the entire width of the tailgate. Rivian has priced the standard R1T with ‘explore’ and ‘adventure’ packages at USD 67,500 and USD 73,000, respectively. The exclusive Launch Edition of the R1T, which customers have reserved, costs USD 73,000. Customers can pre-order the electric pick-up for $1000 via Rivian’s official website, with deliveries scheduled for January 2022.

Rivian R1T: Technical Specs 

The R1T’s platform features a quad-motor setup with two dual-motor units on the front and rear axles. The dual-front electric motors produce 415 PS and 560 Nm, whereas the dual-rear motors produce 420 PS and 671 Nm. The R1T provides enhanced efficiency and vehicle performance for on-road and off-road conditions thanks to torque vectoring and traction control. These performance numbers allow the truck to achieve a 0-100 kph time of 3 seconds with a 4990 Kg towing capacity.

Rivian offers a choice of 3 wheel sizes for the R1T, namely, 20-inch All-Terrain, 21-inch Road, and 22-inch Sport. For driver and passenger comfort, Rivian offers the R1T with an independent air suspension, active damping, and a Hydraulic Roll Control. The start-up EV maker has also used a Reinforced underbody shield made of high-strength steel, alloyed aluminium, and carbon fibre composites. Overall, Rivian claims that the R1T provides an EPA estimated range of 505 Km while running on 21-inch wheels.

Rivian R1T: Features 

Rivian offers a total of 8 driving modes for the R1T. These include All-Purpose, Sport, Off-Road Auto, Off-Road Rock Crawl, Off-Road Rally, Off-Road Drift, Conserve, and Tow Mode. In terms of safety, the R1T’s 11 cameras, 5 radars, 12 Ultrasonic Sensors, and a 360-degree camera.

With its Driver+ features, the electric pick-up sports Highway Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and Radar-based Cruise Control. Along with Blind Spot Monitoring, Rivian also claims to add more safety features via OTA updates for free. Other features include vegan leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a Meridian premium sound system. Rivian offers the R1T in a choice of 9 exterior colour options and 3 interior colour options.

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