Rivian drops more important details about the R1T
It looks like it's going to be an incredibly capable machine!
We're getting closer and closer to Rivian's R1T pickup truck going on sale and, as you'd expect, more and more details are trickling out about the all-electric machine. With the first deliveries taking place in the US this summer, it seems like a pretty good time for us to know more important details about the R1T and that's exactly what Rivian has provided!
Whilst we already know that the R1T will be a very capable truck with its quad-motor all-wheel drive system that generates 750 hp and independent air suspension, as well as its 400 mile range and its impressive towing capacity of 11,000 lbs, we now have a better idea of how practical the R1T is going to be. Rivian's released details of how big the truck's frunk, bed and "gear tunnel" will be. The frunk just on its own will have a volume of 11 cubic feet (enough to fit 6 full grocery bags or 2 full-sized coolers) and have a cargo net, a 12-volt outlet and an additional hidden compartment that's accessible through a removable platform in the floor.
The bed will be 54 inches long with the tailgate up with a 45.5 inch overhang past the rear tyres. With the tailgate down, the bed will be a pretty sizeable 83.6 inches long! Inside the bed there's LED lighting (one on each side of the bed) which turns on automatically when the tailgate is opened, forged steel tie-downs in each corner (as well as 4 additional tie-downs above the bed rails) to help secure heavy loads and an in-bed air compressor with a maximum pressure of 150 psi that can be used to inflate tyres or any other inflatable items. There will be two lockable tonneau cover options as well, both of which will offer an extra 29 cubic feet of cargo space.
The "gear tunnel" is the most interesting storage solution out of all of them, as it's a compartment sitting between the rear of the cabin and the bed that runs the entire width of the truck! It's 65 inches long and features LED lighting, a 12-volt outlet, a 110-volt outlet and a hidden compartment on each door panel to store small items such as dog leashes or tennis balls. It's this part of the R1T's storage solutions that definitely has me the most interested. Perhaps it would be good for getting some extra lengths of wood from the builders' yard in the truck, or even a pair of skis for when you want to take a trip up into the mountains? There's definitely quite a few uses you could come up with for it!
The frunk, bed and "gear tunnel" will be able to be opened or closed through in vehicle controls, exterior buttons (under the front light bar for the frunk and a button on the bed rail for the "gear tunnel") or the Rivian app. With the use of apps linked to cars and trucks slowly becoming more of a normal thing, it's hardly surprising that you'll be able to control several of the R1T's functions from your smartphone.
With all these new details that have come out, it looks like the Rivian R1T will be a very capable machine indeed! We'll just have to see how quickly it gets snapped up by buyers once it goes on sale and the deliveries start rolling out first across North America and then, eventually, across the world.