2022 Rivian R1T Specs, Value, MPG & Evaluations

If we wrote about each proposed mannequin from each startup producer, particularly these devoted to electrical automobiles, we’d waste quite a lot of our time (and yours) on merchandise that by no means got here to be. So we maintain again till we all know a automobile is greater than merely vaporware. After a fast spin in Rivian’s R1T electrical pickup truck, it was clear to fellow Automobiles.com editor Kelsey Mays and me that the R1T isn’t solely actual, however actually compelling.

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The chance got here to us as jurors for the North American Automotive, Truck and Utility Automobile of the 12 months awards and sadly concerned no off-road or towing assessments, which is bound to gas the talk over whether or not the R1T is a “actual” pickup. Having not too long ago sat by means of a tedious presentation that tried to persuade us one other automobile with a pickup mattress is not a pickup truck, I’m assured in two conclusions: First, all people could make their very own choices. Second, mine is that having an open cargo mattress is all any automobile requires to be known as a pickup. Let’s transfer on.

The truck we drove was a Launch Version, with a base worth of $74,075 (all costs embody vacation spot). Although it’s bought out, the Journey Package deal scheduled for January supply shall be related, and all R1Ts share what Rivian calls a Giant battery pack good for 314 miles when outfitted with 21-inch wheels. Rivian’s paperwork say you lose 5-10% of that vary with 22s and 10-15% with the 20-inch Pirelli Scorpion all-terrain tires our take a look at truck had. All vehicles even have a claimed 0-60 mph time of three seconds, although that’s additionally “relying in your tire choice.”

2022 Rivian R1T | Automobiles.com photograph by Joe Wiesenfelder

I’m guessing our 20-inch tires have been additionally the “gradual” ones, however they certain didn’t really feel that approach with the R1T switched to Sport mode and every of the 4 customary drive motors giving it their all. I’m accustomed to EV acceleration, however you by no means get used to the sort of thrust we’re beginning to see from essentially the most highly effective all-wheel-drive EVs. On this mode, the truck additionally hunkers down on its customary air springs and corporations up each its adaptive shock absorbers and electro-hydraulic stabilizer bar that additionally employs a variable-rate damper. The R1T corners admirably flat and doesn’t journey too firmly in Sport mode when shifting in a straight line. The air springs present 6.5 inches of peak variability, in response to Rivian, for floor clearances of seven.9 to 14.4 inches. (That most is bonkers; a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon maxes out at 12.9 inches.) Within the Rock Crawl mode, one of some modes for off-road use, the stabilizer bar primarily goes comfortable to maximise wheel articulation.

However, as talked about, there have been no off-road alternatives. I spent most of my time in All-Objective mode, which rides comfortably and quietly. Rivian appears to be taking many cues from Tesla, as a result of the R1T consists of no idle-creep while you’re off the brake pedal and supplies beneficiant regenerative braking — sufficient for efficient one-pedal driving while you’re in its most regenerative setting.

All the things from the way you activate the Freeway Help function (a steering column stalk) and its graphics on the instrument show to the related Lane Change Help performance recall Tesla’s Autopilot. Ditto for the mix of thumbwheels and switches on the steering wheel spokes, that are the best way you modify the facet mirrors and tilt/telescoping wheel after calling up the suitable menu on Rivian’s 16-inch dashboard touchscreen. It at all times appears to annoy individuals when mirrors don’t have their very own controls, however the capability to retailer a number of profiles ought to assist make {that a} one-time hindrance.


2022 Rivian R1T | Automobiles.com photograph by Joe Wiesenfelder

Like Teslas, the R1T depends closely on its touchscreen for management, with valuable few exhausting buttons or switches elsewhere. Luckily, Rivian appears to have put quite a lot of thought into the interfaces, as nicely.

The cabin proved a reasonably roomy and comfy place each entrance and rear, with supplies that impressed even Kelsey, who has much better style than I. The seats are upholstered in vegan leather-based that appears and creases like the actual factor, and there’s little exhausting plastic to be discovered, even low on the doorways. The ash wooden trim is real.

There’s a lot of space for storing within the heart console, even with the detachable, rechargeable Bluetooth Camp Speaker that docks and prices within the entrance.


2022 Rivian R1T | Automobiles.com photograph by Joe Wiesenfelder

The pickup mattress is greater than 4 ft extensive and 4.5 ft lengthy when closed, however virtually 7 ft lengthy when the tailgate is lowered due to an articulated hinge that extends it farther than its peak alone — a neat trick. There’s room for a full-size spare tire underneath the cargo flooring. The mattress has 4 D-rings and two cleats atop both facet rail. One mattress wall features a nipple for a built-in compressor so you may fill your tires out on the path. There are additionally two 120-volt retailers rated at 15 amps — not fairly the 20 amps of our Ford F-150 hybrid’s Professional Energy Onboard generator system, a lot much less Ford’s 240-volt outlet (or these of the upcoming F-150 Lightning). However they’re adequate for many home equipment, in contrast to most family retailers you see in automobiles. There’s one other outlet behind the middle console for the backseat and another contained in the Gear Tunnel described under. The Launch Version and Journey Package deal embody a powered tonneau cowl that turns the cargo field right into a weather-resistant trunk.

If the mattress doesn’t do it for you, there’s additionally a bilevel entrance trunk good for 11 cubic ft, in response to Rivian, and a Gear Tunnel (11.7 cubic ft extra) that makes use of house between the cab and the rear wheels. Its flip-down doorways double as seats with a 250-pound ranking. And in case you discover loading it too awkward, Rivian affords a sliding Gear Tunnel Shuttle platform I want had been put in so I may see if it’s value $1,500. Likewise for the inductive electrical range that slides and folds out of the house in an alternative choice bundle.


2022 Rivian R1T | Automobiles.com photograph by Joe Wiesenfelder

Underneath the false flooring of the frunk is a cellular Degree 1 or 2 charger that gives 32 amps at 240 volts for as much as 7.7 kilowatts of AC charging. You would possibly get by with this a lot energy in a automobile, however provided that the R1T’s Giant battery pack is 135 kilowatt-hours and 314 miles of vary, it may take greater than 19 hours to cost totally (Rivian estimates 16 miles per hour of charging). So that you’d be higher off going with the truck’s most AC charging fee of roughly 11.5 kW, which might fill a completely depleted massive pack in additional like 12.5 hours (25 miles per hour). In fact, these occasions are all theoretical; we desire to check such issues for actual and hope to try this quickly. That’s likewise the case for public DC quick charging, which Rivian says maxes out at 200 kW, offering a claimed 140 miles of vary in 20 minutes.

Notice that the R1T is a 400-volt automobile, so it received’t settle for the upper charges we’re beginning to see amongst new fashions, however the firm says the present fee will improve with over-the-air updates.

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Is It a Actual Truck?

The R1T is undeniably an actual product, however is it an actual pickup truck? As I hinted earlier than, I discover the query considerably irritating. There’s no query that if you’d like a pickup for contractor work, extra acceptable choices exist. On the flip facet, pickup truck gross sales didn’t skyrocket as a result of instantly everybody grew to become a contractor or farmer. Many vehicles are bought for leisure utilization, and the R1T is optimized for simply that. Its mid-size classification alone displays its possible use. As for the tow ranking, 11,000 kilos appears fairly strong, although we’re as doubtful about what towing would do to the R1T’s vary as we’re for any EV that’s rated to tow.


2022 Rivian R1T | Automobiles.com photograph by Joe Wiesenfelder

When you expertise the R1T, even the value doesn’t appear unhealthy for an EV that’s eligible for a $7,500 tax credit score. Our personal 2021 F-150 Restricted hybrid, admittedly bigger, price slightly below $78,000. Come January, a $68,575 Rivian R1T Discover can have the identical pack and powertrain however a guide tonneau cowl, less complicated audio system and extra modest inside. Technically, an R1T will be bought wherever direct from the producer; like Tesla, Rivian’s brick-and-mortar areas are merely showrooms. As for upkeep and restore, Rivian says it should present concierge service and piggyback off the infrastructure that may help its Amazon supply vans. It’s value noting that though 100,000 of these vans have been ordered, there’s no recognized deployment timeframe, and we suspect they are going to be concentrated in particular areas together with the supporting infrastructure.

We stay up for spending extra time with the R1T and its R1S sibling, an SUV, as quickly as attainable.

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