Fast facts on Rivian
- Rivian makes an all-electric truck (R1T) and an all-electric SUV (R1S)
- Every Rivian truck and SUV comes with all-wheel drive
- You can only order a new R1T or R1S on the car manufacturer’s website
- Rivian manufactures its R1 vehicles in Normal, Illinois
Of all the electric car startups, Rivian seems the most likely to survive. Oh, there are others, but Rivian seems to have positioned himself well enough to go the distance. It appears to have the money, battery technology, and vision to carry among the well-established car brands that are also into the electric truck and SUV business. For example, the Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevy Silverado EV, and BMW iX are electric cars.
Starting a car company from scratch is not easy. Setting up assembly plants, finding suppliers, hiring talented employees, creating a marketing pipeline, etc. takes time, energy and billions of dollars. That Rivian has come this far is a tribute to perseverance.
Rivian Cases: What Happened?
Not everything was smooth. As with nearly every all-new model, no matter the manufacturer, there’s always a setback or two in the beginning. Even JD Power’s beloved Lexus had to remember every single LS sedans in its first year. Lexus handled the issue brilliantly and turned the lemon into lemonade. Addressing the issue promptly and minimizing the owner’s inconvenience helped cement Lexus’ reputation for unparalleled customer service.
So far, Rivian has voluntarily issued two withdrawals. One pivoted around an incorrect nut on the front upper control arm. The other includes a cross threaded bolt in the seat belt height adjuster.
Apparently, Rivian finds other non-safety issues to address while on the run. It recently announced two features on the R1T that are no longer available as the Rivian redesigned it. One is the powered tonneau cover, the other is the Camping Kitchen. Rivian reached out to buyers who already had trucks in the assembly pipeline, and informed them that these features were paused. Buyers had the option to wait for trucks completed without these features at a lower price or to drop their place in line to wait for trucks with these features as they became available.
However, in some ways, Rivian has an edge over established brands. Its biggest advantage is its lack of luggage. In bringing its electric cars to market, it didn’t have to deal with labor unions, old assembly plants, EV engineering around existing platforms and models, etc. Every penny spent, every hired, every bit of research, every drop of energy expended was to bring the R1T (truck) and R1S (SUV) to market.
10 Reasons to Buy Rivian R1
If you’re thinking of buying an electric SUV or a pickup truck, the Rivian should probably be on your radar. If not, its future vehicles must be high-tech. Unless your motivation for buying Rivian is simply to be an early adopter, you will likely have a lot of questions. We can’t anticipate and answer them all here; However, we can provide a solid basis for your research.
In that spirit, we give you 10 reasons to buy Rivian.
1. Rivian mountain range
Let’s face it, the first question on our minds in discussing electric vehicles is how far will you go with a charge? In other words, what is its extent? For each EV, for the R1T and R1S, the range depends on several variables. Factors include battery size, wheel size, outside temperatures, and more. Considerations such as driving habits, payload, towing, etc. also affect the range.
When you see the range estimates for the R1T (314 miles) and R1S (316 miles), it’s for the big battery pack, AWD all-wheel drive, and 21-inch wheels. Rivian offers three battery packs for the R1T and R1S. They range in size, from standard (260 miles), large (314 miles), and maximum (400 miles). The Rivian’s maximum rated ranges are fitted with standard 21-inch wheels and tires. Dropping onto 20-inch wheels reduces range by 10-15% while going up to 22-inch wheels reduces range by 5-10%.
With the dual-motor all-wheel drive, the R1T’s range increases by 6 miles per charge and the R1S by 4 miles per charge.
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2. Rivian Shipping
The second most common question is how long does it take to charge a Rivian EV? You can charge your Rivian EV at home or on the road, all while experiencing completely different charging times. Estimated added miles in range per hour of charge is
- 115V household circuit: 3 miles
- Rivian Wall Charger: 25 miles (best home solution)
- Rivian 240V charger: 16 miles
- General Level 3 DC Chargers: 140 miles in 20 minutes
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3. Towing and payload
Touting very respectable towing and payload numbers, R1 EVs are no slack in terms of business. However, the more you pull or pull, the shorter the charging range. It’s a trade off. The R1T can tow up to 11,000 pounds and tow up to 1,700 to 1,800 pounds of people and cargo. For an SUV, the R1S is equally impressive. It has a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds and a maximum payload of nearly that of the R1T.
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All R1T and R1S arrive with AWD. However, there is a problem here as well. Standard AWD is the same as on most SUVs: two electric motors, one on each axle. The Rivian takes AWD a notch or two thanks to the optional 4-wheel drive system. An additional $8,000 cost on a 2022 Rivian component, this option puts an electric motor on each of the four wheels. Choose 4-motor AWD scrubs a few miles out of vehicle range.
The coolest part about the four-motor system is that it allows the vehicle to perform “tank turns” under certain conditions. By rotating the two wheels on one side in the opposite direction to the two wheels on the other, the vehicle can spin 360 degrees without moving forward or backward.
5. Driver 04 +
This is the standard suite of safety and driver assistance technologies from Rivian. With over the air (OTA) technology, Rivian can improve on existing technologies and add more security technologies to the package. At the core of the 04 Driver + are 11 cameras, five radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a peripheral vision monitor. It features Drive Assist, a driver assistance technology that allows an electric vehicle to accelerate, steer and brake in certain conditions with driver supervision. They include lane change assist and adaptive cruise control.
The standard package also includes:
- Help keep track
- Lane departure warning
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Rear traffic alert
- Ambient sound sensors (360 degree alert of nearby objects)
- Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection
- Automatic emergency braking
- High beam help
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You can access R1T or R1S in four ways:
- Rivian key
- Smartphone as a key
- Rivian key card
- Rivian Wrist Key
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7. Rivian Warranty
Rivian offers a five-year or 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, on par with many luxury brands. The drivetrain’s limited warranty is eight years or 175,000 miles. As for the battery pack, Rivian warrants it for eight years or 175,000 miles.
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8. Rivian repair and maintenance
Currently, Rivian takes a 3D approach to scheduled maintenance and repairs.
- Rivian App – Downloading this app allows you to schedule a service or request service assistance. A free direct phone line is also available for the Rivian Service Department.
- OTA Diagnostics – Along with system updates, Rivian provides OTA diagnostics to determine the source of a problem you may be experiencing.
- Mobile Technicians – With plans to build a network of service centers across the United States and Canada, Rivian caters to maintenance and repair needs with mobile technicians. These factory trained techniques will come to you by making an appointment to service your Rivian.
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9. Eight driving modes
Each R1T and R1S comes with four off-road and four on-road modes that control ride height, suspension stiffness, power delivery and throttle mapping. Maximizes riding comfort and capability on almost any surface. Furthermore, you can manually adjust the ride height from 7.9 inches to 15 inches. Perhaps this is a good place to mention that R1 EVs can safely cross up to 3.5 feet of standing water.
Our engineers go for a quick dive! pic.twitter.com/1FYukLXXZl
– RJ Scaringe (@RJScaringe) August 29, 2021
When Rivan first started taking orders for R1 EVs, it restricted trim level combinations, number of motors, and battery size. Thus, you may see prices much more expensive than what we include here. However, the following prices are currently shown on the R1T and R1S configuration tools. Any exterior color other than silver will add either $1,750 or $2,500 to the price.
- Explore: $67,500 (not available) – This price is for the Explore with the standard battery pack (260-mile range) and two AWD engines. Explore is not available in any configuration.
- Adventure: $73,000 – As with the Explore base, that’s price with the standard battery pack and two AWD motors.
- Large battery pack (320 miles range): $6000
- Maximum battery pack (400 miles range): $16,000
- 4 AWD: $8000
- Wall charger: $750
- Explore: $72,500 (not available) – This price is for two AWD engines and a standard battery pack.
- Adventure: $78,000 – with all-wheel drive and standard battery pack.
- Large battery pack (range 316 miles): $6000
- 4 AWD: $8000
- Wall charger: $750
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disclosure: Cox Automotive, the parent company of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, invested $350 million in Rivian in 2019.