Could Rivian Automotive be the Next Tesla?

by Jack

Since its official unveiling at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show, Rivian Automotive has been making major headlines with the announcement of their electric truck, the Rivian R1T. Not only is this truck out of the ordinary while being electric, it also boasts some monstrous specs that hold up well next to its ICE competition.

Battery Pack Configurations 105 kWh 135 kWh 180 kWh  
Passangers [#] 5 passangers Trailer Weight Rating [kg] 5,000 kg
Powertrain/Drivetrain Type 4 motor electric AWD Overall Lenght [mm] 5,475 mm
Motor – Power [kW] 147 kW per wheel Wheelbase [mm] 3,450 mm
Vehicle – Power [kW] 300 kW 562 kW 522 kW Track Width [mm] 1,710 mm
Toque [Nm] 560 Nm 1,120 Nm Overall Width – Mirrors Folded [mm] 2,015 mm
Total Grounded Toque [Nm] 7,000 Nm 14,000 Overall Height (Curb) [mm] 1,815 mm
Range [miles] 230+ miles 300+ miles 400+ miles Kneel/Park Ground Clearence [mm] 200 mm
Top Speed [mph] 125 mph Aero/Standard Curb Mode Ground Clear. [mm]] 240 mm/280 mm
0-60 mph [seconds] 4.9 s 3 s 3.2 s Off Road Ground Clearence [mm] 360 mm
0-100 mph [seconds] 12.5 s <7 s <8 s Water Fording Depth (Max) [m] 1 m
Vehicle Curb Weight [kg] 2,670 kg Frunk Volume [L] 330 L
Vehicle Distribution: fron : rear [%] 52%/48% Bed Length (Tailgate Up) [mm] 1,400 mm
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating [kg] 3,470 kg Bed Length (Tailgate Down) [mm] 2,100 mm
Payload [kg] 800 kg Bed Width [mm] 1,385 mm
Rear Bin Volume [L] 200 L Gear Tunnel [L] 350 L
Underseat Volume [L] 95 L N/A

Some credit Tesla’s massive success for driving legacy auto manufacturers into electrification, but a whole group of new electric auto manufactures have sprung up as many saw opportunity in this newly defined market. One of these new electric car manufacturers goes by the name of Rivian Automotive.

Trucks are currently the leading vehicle segment in the U.S. Out of every vehicle available, the Ford F Series, Ram Trucks, and the Chevy Silverado hold the top three positions in annual sales. Pickup trucks account for approximately 15% of all vehicle sales in the U.S., so it’s no wonder why so many electric truck manufacturers have entered the EV race.

The Rivian R1T is not only the most anticipated upcoming electric truck, it is also the most important. Not only do they have proper financial backing, Rivian Automotive is slowly gaining a cult following, just like Tesla has. Fans have taken a liking to Rivian Automotive, ⁠the product and brand they’ve created.

Tesla is a company solely derived off the hype they’ve created. If they didn’t have such a large fan base, their direct sales model wouldn’t work as well, if at all. The company revolutionizing the industry and world would be nothing without its following.

While just about everyone is announcing upcoming electric cars and trucks, little to none have brought the traction Tesla did. That is until Rivian Automotive stepped in, however.

They’ve garnered the attention of just about everyone with their electric pickup truck, the R1T, and their full size electric SUV, the R1S. Rivian has dubbed both as “outdoor adventure trucks”, but they will most likely be treated as a luxury product with capabilities fit for all. The R1S has a range of 410 miles with the option for seven seats and could possibly be the first full-sized electric SUV on the market. The R1T has a few others racing along side it, but no one brings to the table what Rivian Automotive has.

Rivian Automotive isn’t like the others jumping into the electric truck niche and they didn’t come out of the blue when the market opened up with an opportunity. Rivian Automotive has been working behind the scenes developing electric vehicles for over 9 years now. They have the product, the experience, and the money.

Rivian Automotive has collected well over $1 billion in funding through different rounds of investments with the most recent being $700 million from amazon. They acquired a 2.6 million sqft facility that once housed a Mitsubishi plant as well. While all other new electric car manufacturers stepping into the game are talking the talk, Rivian is walking the walk.

Rivian and Tesla are very similar when it comes to their recognition. The unveiling of the Rivian R1S was almost reminiscent of the original Tesla Model S unveiling back in 2009. Both drew an unprecedented amount of hype as fans were eager to sit behind the wheel of the future.

The electric truck company is doing what Tesla did with the Model S, but in a whole new market bringing new clientele into the EV world — truck owners. The ones you’d least expect to be in awe over an electric car are now placing deposits for one. There was a time you could say that Tesla single-handily created electric car demand, but now you can add Rivian to that list.

While we still have to wait a handful of years for the Tesla Truck, the Rivian R1T will be available much sooner than you think. The R1T is scheduled to enter production next year with deliveries as early as 2021.

Not only is the R1T one of the more promising upcoming electric trucks, Rivian Automotive is one of the more promising electric car manufacturers in general. This is a company we will be hearing a lot about as they make waves in the auto industry. I’d back this company in a heartbeat if they ever decide on a public offering.

The Rivian R1T will start at $69,000 (before incentives) with no word on how high pricing will go. You can pre-order both the R1T and R1S today with just a $1,000 refundable deposit.

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