2022 Rivian R1T First Drive – Video

Rivian R1T electric pickup truck is one of the most anticipated electric trucks. Electric vehicle startup Rivian initially planned to launch its R1T pickup truck in July, but the start of production was delayed to September. And Motor Trend was the first magazine to get behind of this new and exciting EV truck. At 215.6 inches long, the R1T sits between the Ford Ranger and full-size trucks such as the Ram 1500.

The Rivian R1T outputs up to 800 horsepower and has a claimed 0-to-60-mph time of 3.0 seconds. Adjustable air suspension will be standard at launch and can adjust the clearance height from eight to 14 inches. It features a 135-kWh battery pack with a driving range of 300 miles. A larger 180-kWh pack will become optional in 2022 with around 400 miles per charge. Being a truck, the towing capacity and payload are extremely important. The R1T can tow more than 11,000 pounds with a payload capacity of 1760 pounds.

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Price wise, the R1T Launch Edition starts at $73,000. The more expensive model will follow in 2022.

As far as the Motor Trend review, the U.S. magazine came back impressed with its on-road performance, especially when riding in Sport mode and taking on some tight curves. The power delivery to each wheel was one of the positive things. But since this is a truck, the off-road performance is equally important. The review raves about R1T’s drive over a rough terrain and claims to be even better than the Jeep Wrangler.

Check out the full review below.

Very few journalists have thus far been given the chance to drive the very exciting new Rivian R1T electric pickup truck, one of the year’s most anticipated new EVs. Deliveries are set to kick off soon (after having been postponed), but right now there’s still a lot of mystery shrouding this model because it has yet to be driven by journalists who specialize in electric vehicles for in-depth testing.

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But even as non-specialists in the field of electric vehicles, the guys from MotorTrend, who were given privileged access to the R1T, were left very impressed by the experience. T

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