The Rivian R1T has finally launched as the world’s first all-electric pickup truck and according to the first reviews of it, it was worth the wait.
Rivian recently hosted the media launch of the R1T in the mountains of Colorado and invited a selection of automotive and technology reviewers. Found below are some of the more interesting and comprehensive reviews, coming from the likes of Kelley Blue Book, JerryRigEverything, and CNET.
It was way back at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto show when the R1T was first unveiled. The variant initially available to customers is the Launch Edition but the Adventure and Explore tested in some of these reviews will reach the hands of customers in early 2022.
Among the key figures of the R1T are two electric motors at the front axle producing 415 hp and 413 lb-ft (559 Nm) of torque, and two at the rear axle producing 420 hp and 295 lb-ft (671 Nm) of torque. The truck can also travel up to 314 miles (505 km) on a single charge.
As these reviews note, the R1T has a number of unique features that differentiate it from all other pickup trucks on the market. Among them are an automatic tonneau cover, a completely flat bed, an air compressor, two power outlets in the bed, a gear tunnel, a huge frunk, an 18-speaker Meridian audio system, and an in-built Bluetooth speaker beneath the center console that can be removed.
Of course, of much more importance than these features is how the R1T drives. According to these reviewers, it performs brilliantly both on the road and along off-road trails, thanks in part due to the adjustable air suspension.