Rivian Quick Facts
- Rivian manufactures an all-electric truck (R1T) and an all-electric SUV (R1S).
- Every Rivian truck and SUV is equipped with four-wheel drive
- You can only order a new R1T or R1S on the car manufacturer’s website
- Rivian builds its R1 vehicles in Normal, Illinois
Of all electric vehicle (EV) startups, Rivian looks like one that’s likely to survive. Oh, there are others, but Rivian seems to have positioned itself well enough to go the distance. It appears to have the cash, battery technology, and vision to compete among established auto brands that are also entering the electric truck and SUV business. For example, the Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevy Silverado EV, and BMW iX are electric vehicles.
Starting a car business from scratch is no small feat. Setting up assembly plants, finding suppliers, hiring talented people, building a marketing pipeline and so on takes time, energy and billions of dollars. Rivian’s coming this far is a tribute to perseverance.
Rivian Issues: What Happened?
Everything didn’t go smoothly. As with almost any brand new model, regardless of manufacturer, there’s always a setback or two at the start. Even JD Power darling Lexus had to recall every one of its LS sedans in the first year. Lexus solved the problem brilliantly, turning lemons into lemonade. Resolving the issue promptly and minimizing the inconvenience to the owner helped solidify Lexus’ reputation for unparalleled customer service.
To date, Rivian has voluntarily issued two recalls. One revolved around an improperly tightened nut on the front upper control arm. The other involved a cross-threaded screw in a seat belt height adjuster.
Apparently, Rivian finds other non-security issues to address while fleeing. Two features of the R1T truck were recently announced that are no longer available as Rivian redesigns them. On the one hand the electrically operated tarpaulin and on the other hand the camping kitchen. Rivian has reached out to buyers with trucks already in assembly, telling them these features are being phased out. Buyers had the option to wait for completed trucks without these features at a lower price, or to give up their place in line to wait for trucks with these features whenever they became available.
In a way, however, Rivian has an edge over established brands. Its main advantage is its lack of luggage. To bring its EVs to market, it didn’t have to deal with unions, outdated assembly plants, designing an EV around existing platforms and models, and so on. Every penny spent, every person hired, every bit of research and every drop of energy expended went towards bringing his R1T (truck) and R1S (SUV) to market.
10 reasons to buy a Rivian R1
If you’re considering an electric SUV or pickup truck, Rivian is probably on your radar. If not, its futuristic high-tech vehicles should be. Unless your motivation for buying a Rivian is simply being an early adopter, you probably have a lot of questions. We cannot anticipate and answer them all here; However, we can provide a solid foundation for your research.
With that in mind, we present you with 10 reasons to buy a Rivian.
Let’s face it, the number one question most of us ask when discussing electric vehicles is how far will they go on one charge? In other words, what is its range? As with any electric vehicle, the range of the R1T and R1S depends on several variables. Factors include battery size, wheel size, outside temperatures, and others. Considerations such as driving habits, payload, towing a trailer, etc. also affect range.
When you see range estimates for the R1T (314 miles) and R1S (316 miles), they are in relation to the large battery pack, 4-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) and 21-inch wheels. Rivian offers three battery packs for the R1T and R1S. They vary in size starting with Standard (260 miles), Large (314 miles), and Max (400 miles). Maximum estimated ranges are for Rivian vehicles with standard 21″ wheels and tires. Reducing to 20″ wheels reduces range by 10-15%, while upgrading to 22″ wheels reduces range by 5-10%.
With the 2-motor AWD, the range of the R1T increases by 6 miles per charge and that of the R1S by 4 miles per charge.
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2. Rivian Charge
The second most asked question is how long does it take to charge a Rivian EV. You can charge your Rivian EV at home or on the go, experiencing very different charging times. The estimated additional kilometers of range per hour of charging are
- 115 volt household circuit: 3 miles
- Rivian Wall Charger: 25 miles (best home solution)
- Rivian 240 volt portable charger: 16 miles
- Level 3 public DC fast chargers: 140 miles in 20 minutes
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3. Towing and payload
With fairly respectable maximum towing and payload numbers, the R1 EVs are no slobs when it comes to work. However, the more you tow or tow, the shorter the range on a charge. It’s a compromise. The R1T can tow up to 11,000 pounds and carry 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 roughly that of the R1T.
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4. All-wheel drive
Every R1T and R1S comes with AWD. However, there is a catch here too. The standard AWD system is the same as most AWD EVs: two electric motors, one on each axle. Rivian takes AWD up a notch or two with its optional 4-motor AWD. At a premium of $8,000 over the 2022 Rivian configurator, this option brings an electric motor to each of the four wheels. Opting for the 4-motor AWD scrubs a few miles off the vehicle’s range.
The coolest thing about the 4-motor system is that under certain conditions it allows the vehicle to do “tank turns”. By rotating the two wheels on one side in the opposite direction of the two wheels on the other side, the vehicle can rotate 360 degrees without moving forward or backward.
5. The 04 Driver+
This is Rivian’s standard package of safety and driver assistance technologies. Using Over-the-Air (OTA) technology, Rivian can improve on the current ones and even add more security technologies to the package. At the heart of 04 Driver+ are 11 cameras, five radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors and all-round vision monitoring. It features Driving Assist, a driver assistance technology that allows the electric vehicle to accelerate, steer and brake under certain conditions under the driver’s supervision. It includes a lane change assistant and adaptive cruise control.
The standard package also includes:
- Lane Departure Warning
- Lane Departure Warning
- Blind spot monitoring
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Environment sensors (360 degree alert for nearby objects)
- Front collision warning with pedestrian detection
- Automatic emergency braking
- high-beam assistant
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You can access your R1T or R1S in four ways:
- Rivian keychain
- Smartphone as a key
- Rivian Keycard
- Rivian wrist key
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7. Rivian Guarantee
Rivian offers a five-year or 60,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty that is comparable to many luxury brands. The powertrain limited warranty is eight years or 175,000 miles. Rivian grants eight years or 175,000 miles for the battery.
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8. Rivian Maintenance and Repairs
Currently, Rivian follows a 3 pillar approach to scheduled maintenance and repairs.
- Rivian App – If you download this app, you can make a service appointment or request service assistance. A direct toll-free number to Rivian’s service department is also available.
- OTA Diagnostics – Along with system updates, Rivian offers OTA diagnostics to pinpoint the root cause of any issue you may be encountering.
- Mobile Technicians – With plans to establish a network of service centers throughout the United States and Canada, Rivian is meeting maintenance and repair needs with mobile technicians. These factory-trained technicians come to you by appointment to service your Rivian.
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9. Eight driving modes
Each R1T and R1S has four off-road and four on-road drive modes that control ride height, suspension stiffness, power delivery and throttle mapping. This maximizes driving comfort and performance for almost any surface. Additionally, you can manually adjust the ride height from 7.9 inches to 15 inches. This is probably a good place to mention that the R1 EVs can safely traverse up to 3.5 feet of standing water.
Our engineers get into the water quickly! pic.twitter.com/1FYukLXXZl
— RJ Scaringe (@RJScaringe) August 29, 2021
When Rivan first started taking orders for its R1 electric vehicles, it limited the combinations for trim level, engine count and battery size. Consequently, you can see prices far more expensive than what we list here. However, the following prices are currently displayed in the R1T and R1S configurators. Any exterior color other than silver adds either $1,750 or $2,500 to the price.
- Explore: $67,500 (N/A) – This price is for the Explore with the standard battery pack (260 mile range) and 2 motor AWD. Explore is not available in any configuration.
- Adventure: $73,000 – As with the base Explorer, this price is with the standard battery pack and 2-motor AWD.
- Large battery (320-mile range): $6,000
- Max battery pack (400-mile range): $16,000
- 4-motor AWD: $8,000
- Wall Charger: $750
- Explore: $72,500 (not available) – This price is for the 2-motor 4WD and the standard battery pack.
- Adventure: $78,000 – With the 2-motor 4WD and the standard battery pack.
- Large battery (316-mile range): $6,000
- 4-motor AWD: $8,000
- 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.