How Far is Rivian in Development of Electric Truck?
Rivian seems to be getting closer to the production of its ultra-powerful electric adventure trucks.
Rivian, the automotive company established in 2009, is working on an all-electric pickup truck and an SUV built for at least mild off-road duties. Strangely enough, there have been dozens of sightings of what people are describing as electric Ford F-150 trucks throughout the Detroit area. As it turns out, however, Rivian has been hiding its electric components in Ford F-150s for testing purposes.
Photos courtesy of Rivian
Rivian says that its first model will be a five-passenger pickup called R1T. A seven-passenger SUV called the R1S is set to follow. Available with all-electric ranges between 200 and 450 miles, the top-end model slated for future production will supposedly produce 800-horsepower. Now that’s some serious juice.
No Mr. Fancypants
Rivian also claims its truck will offer acceleration rates to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. The company is also aiming for a price of around $70,000 and up, in addition to offering an array of accessories to shake any reputation it might develop as a delicate concept while fostering a rep as a true off-road winner.
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Several websites had reported strange things going on with the F-150, although it was later discovered the trucks were actually Rivian vehicles hiding under Ford bodies. One such site had a spy photo of an F-150 plugged in with the power cable running out of the front grille. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said key components of its trucks, which include batteries, have been hidden underneath used Ford F-150 bodies during testing.
Mums the Word
Scaringe said to Truck Trend “We need something to keep the weather out while we put a lot of miles on our skateboard, so they’re driving around in Detroit right now, too. They’re all over the place, but nobody knows. We’re very quiet about that.”
Detroit or Bust
Rivian —who has no affiliation with Ford Motor Company_ debuted both a truck and an SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2018. Amazon recently announced a $700 million investment in the company. Scaringe moved Rivian to Detroit in 2013 from Florida to be —what else? —closer to the heart of the automotive industry.
Phantom of the Garage
Industry insiders who have been given the scoop as to what Rivian’s design intentions are learned that the company is aiming for 14 inches of ground clearance and the ability to ford about 3.6 feet of water. Look for more news on Rivian trucks as they continue to slowly but surely lift the veil off what some believe to be the future of off-road trucks.
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