If there’s any electric vehicle automaker that’s stood out far ahead from the rest of the pack, it’s Rivian. To summarize, the company spent the past two years acquiring a production facility in Normal Illinois, partnering with the likes of Amazon and Ford Motor Company, raised billions (and billions more) in necessary capital, moved its headquarters to California, intends to open a second production facility in America, and is expected to IPO later this year. In short, there’s everybody else, and then there’s Rivian. Of course, with all of this expansion there’s bound be more products on the horizon, and recent USPTO filings from the automaker point to three new pickup trucks and three new SUVs to eventually go along with the R1T and R1S that are now expected to launch in September.
According to the the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Rivian has filed for the R3T, R4T and R5T names, presumably for pickup trucks. It also filed for intent to use the R3S, R4S and R5S names for automobile use. The company has previously filed for R2T and R2S names, as well as R2C.
Rivian Future Product Plans: Two Possibilities
There are two leading theories in place regarding what Rivian plans to offer in the future. The first is that the 2, 3, 4, and 5 numbers would represent generational leaps from the original R1S and R1T vehicles. Everything from exterior design to battery chemistry will eventually march forward, and Rivian could simply be securing the names now for intended use down the road.
The second theory is that Rivian will eventually offer 10-plus vehicles in its portfolio, making it a full-line automaker by modern standards. Adding credence to this theory is Rivian’s recent round of funding, as well as seeking out a second American plant for more production capacity. Should Rivian actually offer five different pickup trucks, it would rival the likes of mainstay truck makers such as Ford Motor Company and General Motors.
At this point, we’re left with little reason to doubt Rivian’s ability to achieve its goals. However, the company still has to deliver a product.