Rivian R1T is first electrical pickup to win MotorTrend’s ‘Truck of the 12 months’ award

If the rave evaluations (together with Mashable’s) did not persuade you about Rivian’s first auto, an all-electric truck referred to as the R1T, possibly this can: It was simply named MotorTrend’s Truck of the 12 months for 2022.

The $73,00 pickup with 314 miles of vary beat out different new or up to date truck fashions just like the GMC Hummer EV, Ford Maverick (a hybrid), Hyundai Santa Cruz, and others. Final yr’s winner was the Ram 1500 TRX.

MotorTrend’s head of editorial Ed Loh referred to as it a historic win. It is the primary all-electric truck to win and the primary time MotorTrend has given a automobile maker the highest title for its first car. The R1T was first delivered to prospects on the finish of September. Rivian plans for a second automobile, the R1S electrical SUV, to reach later in 2022.

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Rivian R1T truck drives through a dusty terrain.

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It is robust competitors within the truck class, as Loh defined in a current telephone name. The automotive outlet seems at six classes: security, effectivity, worth, development in design, engineering excellence, and efficiency of supposed perform. Vehicles should be succesful at hauling and off-roading and have the correct mix of luxurious, consolation, and expertise. 

“There’s nothing else like this on the highway,” Loh stated in regards to the Rivian. “It has nearly no weaknesses.”

Its most obvious shortcoming is its steep worth, though it nonetheless qualifies for the complete federal electrical car tax credit score. Tesla ran out of the federal low cost years in the past, although some state rebates nonetheless apply and its most inexpensive car is the bottom Mannequin 3 for $44,990.

Loh pointed to its quick 0-to-60-mph acceleration, off-road dealing with, and intelligent engineering. That cleverness consists of its 4 electrical motors at every wheel and environment friendly use of house, together with a “badass camp kitchen that they constructed.”

As Mashable’s Chris Taylor famous after testing the R1T, “Off-roading and tenting change into far more doable for the eco-conscious urbanite” because of this new EV.

Inside, Loh famous that Rivian did not copy Tesla’s minimalist aesthetic. It nonetheless has some knobs and bodily buttons round its screens. He referred to as the R1T, with a wooden end on the sprint, a “a lot hotter, friendlier place to be” than in a Tesla.

Over-the-shoulder view of the Rivian R1T steering wheel and touchscreen.

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Final month, MotorTrend named the Lucid Air its “Automobile of the 12 months,” so electrical autos are already popping out on high of the brand new yr with 2022 nonetheless weeks away.

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