Rivian R1T

Kevin B.

OLAF
Premium Member
Location
Stinkwater
#8
I'd drive it, if I could afford it. I like the idea of electric in general, and the motor at each wheel makes for some wicked traction control if they're programmed right.

I quibble with the dash. I don't want all those screens to get dusty and scratched and break, and soft buttons suck when you're bouncing down a dirt road. Gimme knobs and dials please. I don't like the bed. Gimme more bed, 6.5 feet at least. And the range - 400 miles is great, but that's probably pavement range at a steady efficient speed. That'll go down when you hit dirt. I would want that to be vastly increased, or at least have the ability to carry auxiliary battery packs.
 

dutchman

Premium Member
Premium Member
Location
Kuna, Id
#9
I'd like it to look a little more rugged and the interior is too pretty. If you could generate enough power from a roof mounted solar panel to extend the range then it'd be something special.
 

UNSTUCK

But stuck more often.
Location
Magna
#10
At 61k that’s cheaper than most if not all loaded half ton trucks and I’d say 7 out of 10 new half tons never have a trailer hooked to them.
Not sure it's fair to compare today's loaded truck with the Rivian's base model.

2019 Chevy 1500 LTZ (Jerry Seiners most expensive 1500 listed): MSRP $57,470 and Listed at $51723
2019 Ram 1500 Limited 5'7 (Salt Lake Valley's most expensive 1500 listed): MSRP $65855 and listed at $55749
2019 Ford F150 Limited (LHM Super Ford's most expensive 150 listed): MSRP$73585 and listed at $67621
2018 GMC 1500 Denali Ultimate (Salt Lake GMC's most expensive, price shown): MSRP $65690 and listed at $54848

Kind of makes you wonder what you could turn one of these trucks into if you added $30-40k to the price to make it valued equivalent to the Rivian's loaded model at $90k, which is a guess right now anyways. Or maybe just use that $30-40k to spend on fuel: $3.00 per gallon at 17 MPG. That's 170000-226000 "free miles". "Charging" stations are everywhere and only takes a minute or two.
 

Caleb

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Location
Riverton
#12

Magerdgr

Have gun, will travel
#13
I worked for about 5 years for a startup here in UT called VIA Motors and was heavily involved with all of their early design, fabrication, and validation of their hybrid trucks and vans. We even built a prototype lifted off road version called the X-Truck. Their vehicles work on the same premise as the Chevy Volt, or a train locomotive, in that they are completely electrically driven but utilize the vehicles original engine (although now coupled to a generator instead of a trans) to provide extended range when the battery runs down. We claimed 350 miles range, and roughly 400hp/415Nm of torque. They were impressively powered to drive, but I think the coolest feature is their export power panel. This panel has two 240V plugs (splittable to 110V) and provides 14.4kW @60A all day. They are also working on a panel that provides 50kW.

There's a long way to go before I'm willing to trade in my gas engine, but the possibilities are pretty cool.

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https://www.viamotors.com/electric-vehicles.html
 
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