Electric vehicle startup Rivian is moving closer to production of its innovative-looking trucks and SUVs. The first launch edition R1T pickup trucks are expected in June, with series production models arriving at the start of 2022. And even though I’m not really a truck person, I remain as fascinated now by this new entrant into the most quintessentially American part of the vehicle market as I was after first seeing one in 2019.
Ahead of those initial deliveries, the company reached out to share some of info about the R1T, which looks like it will offer Swiss Army knife-levels of versatility to its owners. It’s about the size you’d expect of a full-size pickup truck: 217.1 inches (5.51 m) long, 81.8 inches (2.08 m) wide, and between 72.1-78.3 inches (1.83-1.99 m) tall depending on whether it’s in kneel mode (ground clearance: 8.7 inches/0.22 m) or off-road mode (ground clearance: 14.9 inches/0.38 m).
The big lockable cargo area under the hood (also known as a frunk) can stash 11 cubic feet (311 L) of stuff. And at the rear, you’ll find a tow hook capable of pulling up to 11,000 lbs (4,989 kg). It lives beneath an aerodynamic cover when not in use.
Battery EV trucks are literally high-voltage battery packs on wheels, so it’s reasonable to expect some degree of AC power outlet with any new BEV truck entering the market. We count three 110 V outlets on the R1T: one in the 65-inch (1.65 m) gear tunnel that occupies the space between the rear seats and the back wheel arch, and two 15A outlets in the bed, near the tailgate.
The truck bed, made from what Rivian describes as a wear- and corrosion-resistant, reinforced, compression-molded structural composite, can offer more than just power, though. There’s also an integrated air compressor, able to output up to 150 psi, as well as a lockable compartment that also fits a full-size spare tire.
Beefy-looking tie-downs can bed found at each corner of the bed, which is 50.2 inches (1.28 m) wide between the wheel arches and 51.5 inches (1.3 m) wide at its widest. The tailgate—which can be controlled by the app if need be—is hinged so it can extend the length of the bed from 54 inches (1.37 m) to 83.6 inches (2.12 m) long. And, in a neat styling touch, it’s lit by LED strips that continue on the same plane as the LED taillights on the exterior.
Listing image by Rivian