Sure, they may not be made of stainless steel, but Rivian's electric trucks have delivered plenty of hype and excitement on their own. And this year, the EV startup has significantly ramped up production of its two models: the R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV. I find myself testing the latter this week. What do you want to know about the Rivian R1S?
For some background, we're in the process of revamping the process we use to review cars here at InsideEVs. In particular, we're working to come up with a format that specifically speaks to the needs, features and nuances of electric vehicles, designed especially for newcomers the world of zero-emission driving. We'll have more on that later, and we'll be seeking reader input as we do it.
In the meantime, the Rivian R1S seems like it will be a great fit for what we're coming up with.
The SUV I'm currently testing is a Quad-Motor AWD variant: the one packing an electric motor on each wheel, a staggering 835 horsepower, and the Large 135 kWh battery pack. That's good for an EPA-estimated 321 miles. It's cold here in New York, though not as cold as going to get, and thus range losses seem minimal so far.
Rivian hasn't given me an official spec sheet for this car, but with the lovely Limesone paint, 22-inch sport wheels, white Ocean Coast interior and all-weather floor mats, I'd put this R1S at about $99,475.
Concerns with large, heavy electric SUVs and their big battery packs, I can't deny I really enjoy driving the R1S so far. (Once I got it out of New York City, anyway.) Here's my early read on things.
I'll have more to say as I drive this thing in the coming days, so expect a review soon. In the meantime: what do you want to know about the Rivian R1S? Driving experience? Efficiency? Charging? It probably won't go off-road much, but otherwise, I'm here to answer your questions. Let me know what's on your mind.
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