Los Angeles, CA, November 27, 2018– Rivian, an electric vehicle manufacturer, unveiled its highly anticipated Electric Adventure Vehicles. Some people thought it was just a truck. NO. It’s the R1T, an all-electric pickup and the R1S, an all-electric SUV. They announced at events surrounding the LA Auto Show.
Therefore the R1T is a 5-passenger pickup truck. Debuting at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Nov. 26. Also and the R1S is a 7-passenger SUV.
It revealed at the automaker’s press conference at Automobility on Nov. 27, 2018.
So with up to 400+ miles in electric range, a wading depth of 1 meter. In addition, lockable storage bins that can fit the bulkiest of gear. As well as the performance and precise control of quad-motor AWD. Seems like Rivian vehicles developed to help customers get out. Out and to therefore explore the world. Both vehicles produced at Rivian’s manufacturing facility in Normal IL.
Most interestingly is foundation of the R1T and R1S is Rivian’s skateboard platform, which efficiently packages the battery pack, drive units, suspension, braking and thermal system all below the height of the wheel, leaving the space above for occupants and their gear.
Beyond the packaging benefits, this architecture delivers a low center of gravity that supports the vehicle’s agility and stability. Adding to these inertial advantages is a new suspension architecture with unequal length double wishbone suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear. The suspension features dynamic roll control and adaptive dampers along with ride-height adjustable air-suspension – allowing the suspension to be adjusted for highway comfort, on road performance or off-road ability.
Rivian’s vehicles also feature a quad-motor system that delivers 147kW with precise torque control to each wheel, enabling active torque vectoring and greatest performance in every situation, from high-speed cornering to low-speed rock crawling. With 3,500 Nm of grounded torque per wheel (14,000 Nm of torque for the full vehicle), the R1T and R1S can both reach 60 mph in 3 seconds and 100 mph in less than 7 seconds. This powertrain and chassis also enable the R1T’s tow rating of 11,000 pounds.
The R1T and R1S designs communicate strength and refinement while still inviting customers to get the vehicles dirty. Strong proportions and clean, continuous body lines help do a modern, inviting stance while acknowledging the performance and level of technology integrated into the vehicles.
It’s expressing ability and utility with plenty of space for occupants and gear. Both vehicles feature short overhangs.
Also high ground clearance and aggressive approach. Also departure angles for a confident and rugged stance. Therefore all enabled by Rivian’s unique skateboard platform.
A Rivian will be quickly recognized, with its iconic, signature “stadium” headlights. As well as a daytime running light. One that extends the entire width of the vehicle.
In harmony with the exterior, the interior of Rivian’s vehicles welcomes occupants into a premium environment that conveys craftsmanship yet invites rugged, daily use. Color and materials play an important role in differentiating Rivian vehicles.
Sustainably sourced wood used throughout the interior and its natural finish contributes to a warm and inviting feel. The most striking use of wood is as a structural element that integrates the main center display and driver cluster, integrating form and function beautifully. In the high-wear areas of the interior, the materials take inspiration from sportswear and active gear, combining durable and innovative materials that can easily be cleaned.
The R1S and R1T leverage the vehicle architecture to deliver more lockable storage than any other vehicle in their respective segments. The 330-liter front trunk on the R1T and R1S is easily accessed for daily use with the hood fully powered for opening and closing.
The R1T’s lockable Gear Tunnel aft of the cab extends across the vehicle and provides more than 350 liters of space for hauling oversized gear, such as snowboards, golf bags or strollers. The Gear Tunnel doors also act as steps for loading items into the bed or the roof, as well as a seat for such as lacing up hiking boots. The R1T has a watertight, integrated tonneau cover for the bed and beneath the bed floor is a 200-liter sealed bin that can also be used to store a full-size spare tire. The bed features three 110-volt outlets and integrated compressed air.
As part of a Gear Guard feature, the bed also has two integrated locking cables. They are to safely secure bicycle frames and other gear to the bed. Any gear stored in the bed is monitored by a bed camera and alerts owners should the bed or contents be tampered with.
The rear of the R1S features a liftgate and small tailgate, with the tailgate providing an area to sit and prep for activities such as gearing up for a mountain climb to tightening skis. The second and third row seats fold flat to give room for any gear required.
Rivian has developed a racking system that uses telescoping racks with easy-to-use mounts that quickly attach to the roof of either the R1T or R1S, as well as the bed rails and bed floor of the R1T. The racks integrate with a range of accessories including tents, travel containers and bike/ski racks. When not in use, the racks can be easily stored in the front trunk.
Rivian’s energy-dense battery module and pack developed with the most demanding journeys in mind. They are incorporating tough underbody protection and an advanced cooling system. All to give occupants the confidence to go further. It’s regardless of terrain or temperature. Cause adaptive control algorithms learn driver behavior. So they are optimizing user-specific battery management for maximizing battery life. In addition reliability and second-life reusability. Three battery sizes planned, with the 180 kWh and 135 kWh available at launch and a 105 kWh being made available within six months.
The battery is designed for fast charging with charging rates of up to 160kW. This enables about 200 miles of range to be added in 30 minutes of charging. In addition to DC fast-charging, an 11kW onboard charger facilitates rapid charging at a Level 2 charger.
The R1T and R1S launching with a robust hardware suite with multiple modalities. That’s including camera, lidar, radar, ultrasonic and a high precision GPS. All coupled with high-definition maps.
This hardware enabling “Level 3” (hands-off wheel and eyes off-road) autonomy for highway operation. Beyond the highway Level 3, the vehicle has a range of self-driving features focused on enabling active lifestyles.
Rivian’s safety systems and body-structure design will deliver IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and NHTSA 5-Star ratings. Safety features include 8 airbags for occupant protection and reinforcements of the skateboard platform to protect the battery.
R1T pricing starts at $61,500 after Federal Tax credit. R1S pricing starts at $65,000 after Federal Tax credit. Deliveries begin in late 2020. Fully equipped vehicles with the highest performance level and largest battery pack will enter production first. The 180 kWh pack (400+ miles range) and 135 kWh pack will be available at launch, with the base variant (250+ miles range) to follow within 12 months of the start of production.
Rivian is accepting preorders for a refundable deposit of $1,000. More information is available atwww.rivian.com.
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