The 2022 Rivian R1T is here! The off-road class electric pickup car with smart features is a marker of the acceleration of the electric vehicle ecosystem to a further stage.
The offroad class heavy-duty electric pickup can prove that an EV has a performance that is not inferior to a combustion engine.
Many people are currently looking forward to the presence of four EV truck brands: Rivian R1T, Tesla Cybertruck, Ford F150 Lightning, and General Motors’ Hummer EV.
Of all these manufacturers, only Rivian and Ford F150 Lightning have left the mass production line and have released their products into the hands of consumers. At the same time, Tesla Cybertruck plans to go out of production in 2022.
Rivian and Tesla have almost similar characteristics, and both are startups that have no experience in conventional car production, unlike Ford or General Motors.
The Rivian R1T is not just a backup carrier because it has a series of cool abilities that are quite stunning. The R1T is made for play, work, and adventure.
The founder of Rivian is RJ Scaringe, an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a doctorate in mechanical engineering. Electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian started its research in 2009 based in Irvine, California, United States.
In December 2019, the company obtained Rivian’s initial financing with an investment of $1.3 billion that they secured from T. Rowe Price Associates Inc.
In addition, there was additional participation from Amazon, the Ford motor company, and funds managed by BlackRock.
In September 2021, Rivian announced closing a $2.5 billion private funding round. The additional investment brings Rivian’s total collected to USD 10.5 billion.
Surprisingly, Ford Motor invested quite a lot in Rivian even though they currently produce their electric car, the Ford Lightning F150.
What’s Great About the 2022 Rivian R1T?
Several automotive mass media have tested the Rivian R1T, one of which is Motor Trend. Business Insider, one of the well-known mass media, stated that the Rivian was the first serious electric pickup in America, done with great detail and very high effort.
No half-hearted, they tested this four-passenger pickup on various road terrains to prove its capabilities and performance. Rivian R1T can produce power up to 800 hp and peak torque reaching 1220 Nm.
Remarkably, the Rivian R1T also has performance capabilities similar to sports sedans because it can accelerate from 0-100 km per hour in less than three seconds.
But Rivian can also conquer uphill roads and steep rocks like the Jeep Gladiator. The R1T can tow or pull a maximum load of up to 5000 kg.
Rivian R1T’s unique ability is that this truck can turn the wheels like a tank because each wheel has independent power.
You can make the direction of rotation opposite each other to allow the car to rotate in one place without using a wide turning angle.
Rivian R1T Driving Modes
Rivian R1T also has a driving model similar to urban vehicles, and it will be in the All-Purpose position in default mode. Meanwhile, to improve its performance, you can choose Sport mode.
The manufacturer also provides an Eco mode for a quieter driving mode. Meanwhile, you can change to Offroad mode to pass through heavy road terrain and steep rocks.
Uniquely, the Offroad Revian mode has a separate set of driving modes that allow the driver to adjust the suspension height and response to the gas pedal according to their needs.
Unlike offroader vehicles with internal combustion, the Rivian does not have crucial parts under the body, such as the driveshaft or exhaust pipe. Thus the R1T can crawl smoothly on extreme road surfaces.
Rivian R1T has a ground clearance to adjust the height to 14.4 inches. In addition, this EV truck is claimed to go through puddles as high as 91.4 cm or almost one meter.
Rivian R1T has a truck bed that is 4.5 feet long but can be extended up to 6 feet.
Under the tires, you will find another storage area that can accommodate a spare tire or other items. While at the front, you also have a quite spacious and multifunctional trunk.
Rivian also designed a portable kitchen that you can apply to the truck’s center tunnel, complete with an electric stove.
So you and your family can cook or fry food on it. Even though you often use it for cooking, Rivian states that his car will never run out of battery.
Battery and Mileage
The charging indicator light on the Rivian is unique because it is integrated with the headlights. When the battery is fully charged, the light will be green. When it is charging, the light will be blue, and if an error occurs, the light will be red and flashing.
Rivian R1T trucks can also charge each other. So if one of Rivian’s cars runs out of battery power, another car can help charge it, and there will be a blue indicator with arrows connected.
Rivian is also integrated with the Alexa voice command developed by Amazon. Amazon is one of Rivian’s investors, and with this feature, you can instruct Rivian to open the trunk or other commands by recognizing the owner’s voice.
As for the battery, the Rivian can cover a distance of 400 miles or more than 600 km on a single charge. Rivian gets its power from a 180-kilowatt battery pack with the largest electric vehicle battery capacity.
Features of Rivian R1T
The autopilot software feature is integrated with the battery management system (BMS) so that Rivian can intelligently detect how you drive so that battery usage can be optimal.
This way, you can maximize the mileage and increase your vehicle’s battery life. Rivian also has a variety of sensors such as radar, ultrasonic, lidar, and mobile GPS.
Therefore, the autopilot feature can work very accurately. You will have a high-quality flashlight at the door with a minimalist design typical of Rivian, and this is like a Rolls-Royce with their umbrella.
Rivian R1T also provides several AC power plugs because there is a built-in inverter.
You also have a built-in air compressor for inflating tires.
The safety features of the Rivian R1T are also very abundant because the security camera will turn on automatically when you park the car, and you can monitor the surrounding area very clearly.
The 2022 Rivian R1T is a new era of EV technology in heavy-duty vehicles, and many other manufacturers will do the same. In the future, we will see a lot of heavy-duty electric vehicles that have not only high power but also have various smart and artificial intelligence features.