There are a significant number of reasons for buying a truck: hauling more oversized items in the bed, towing, and many buy trucks solely to take off-roading. When on a trail, there are many obstacles one might come across off the beaten path, one of which being water crossings, which is arguably one of the most fun aspects of going off-roading. Rivian understands that people are bound to come across water blocking the trail for their trucks and released a video of the R1T making its way through a lengthy and semi-deep test.
Our engineers going for a quick dip! pic.twitter.com/1FYukLXXZl
— RJ Scaringe (@RJScaringe) August 29, 2021
Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe uploaded a video on Twitter that shows the electric truck driving through a long and narrow water trap. The truck creates a small wake as the water reaches up to just below the hood, which has open space for storage underneath. Yes, the Rivian R1T is an electric truck, and it’s no secret that electricity and water don’t go well together. So when making a vehicle powered entirely by electricity, but water isn’t an issue when the battery is sealed up like a vault. And there’s no snorkel required.
Rivian R1T Delivery Delays
Rivian was set to start sending out deliveries in July of 2021, which then got pushed to September. Unfortunately, according to the Rivian website, Deliveries have now been pushed back to January of 2022, and some deliveries are said to be as far out as 2023. This isn’t a huge surprise given everything else going on with the market these days, specifically the global chip shortage. But with time, the bottleneck will eventually open, and we may get to start seeing Rivian trucks and SUVs on the road.
Despite pushing back the delivery date, it seems they’re using their time wisely as they continue to work on engineering the vehicle to make sure it lives up to the expectations. Either way, it’ll be fun to see both petrol and Electric trucks sparring against one another on the trails, and the Rivian is turning out to be pretty capable with its 3-foot water fording capability.