The coming years will see a wave of full size EV pickups try to survive in a competitive market dominated by Ford, GM, FCA and internal combustion. These pickups have many uncertainties, but Rivian seems likely to deliver a competent product. On their YouTube channel, Rivian has been showing off the R1T pickup’s development process. The latest video is a very promising sign that they are still on track to full production on time.
The video shows pre-production R1T models rolling off the production line, using some of the noises from tools to make a groovy beat in the background. Rivian says these preproduction trucks will be used for additional testing. At this point of the development cycle, automakers typically make the jump from testing prototypes to almost production-ready vehicles. This means the bulk of development is finished, and there are just the final touches to work out.
Despite these vehicles being so close to production, Rivian says they are still on track to begin deliveries next year. This highlights the fact Rivian isn’t planning on rushing the development process, and is making sure everything is perfect on the R1T truck and R1S SUV before they hit the market. This is a different approach than another EV brand that tends to work out issues after the vehicle is in the customer’s hands. You may have heard of Tesla before.
The Rivian R1T will join the GMC Hummer EV, Tesla Cybertruck, Lordstown Endurance, Nikola Badger, and eventual Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado in the first wave of electric pickup trucks. The Rivian is centered around genuine off-road ability, a premium interior, and clever packaging from the electric architecture.
Rivian promises up to 400 miles of range, 750 hp, a 3-second 0-60 time, and up to 11,000 lbs of towing capacity. Given the fact Rivian has been around for 10 years, much of that behind the scenes, and is taking the time to properly develop the product before launch, expect all of those impressive stats to hold true.