What are the best features of the Rivian R1T Electric Truck?
The Rivian R1T electric truck is already making a name for itself with its functionality and futuristic design. Unlike Tesla’s Cybertruck, it looks like a true pickup. It gives truck owners a significant improvement over the standard internal combustion engine without forcing them to buy a spaceship. The quad electric motors make the Rivian R1T capable, and make maintenance easy. Overall, the cost of upkeep is lower and you don’t have to empty your wallet at the gas pump. The benefits of an electric truck are obvious, but what features make the Rivian R1T electric truck a standout compared to other pickups? Keep reading to find out the 4 best Rivian R1T features.
Traditionally, the bed of a pickup truck is where you store your cargo. I never find myself with enough dry storage though. Especially when i’m traveling with family or friends. You can put a tonneau cover on your truck, but then your truck loses cargo space or utility. This is where the Rivian R1T really shines. There is front trunk space, a gear tunnel, and the bed that can all be used for storage. Because of the lack of an internal combustion engine, many electric trucks will come with front storage. The bed is also standard on any pickup. The Gear tunnel is really unique however. It reminds me of storage found on Campers or RVs. By opening a latch you have access to a lockable storage “tunnel”. Who doesn’t love more space to put your tools?
While the Rivian R1T looks like a luxury truck, engineers built it for work. It has an 11,000 lb towing capacity, which is on-par with most half ton trucks. When you compare it to fuel efficient models like the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, GM 1500 3.0L LM2 Duramax, or the F-150 with the 3.0L Powerstroke engine, it’s very competitive. It’ll give you roughly the same tow capacity for a fraction of the fuel cost. Towing is just one aspect of utility though.
Some of the best Rivian R1T truck features are found in the bed. The R1T has three 110v plug-ins, it can hold compressed air, and it has lockable in-bed storage. I’m ecstatic about the spare tire being located in a bin underneath the bed. I’ve had the spare tire lowering mechanisms seize on my work trucks and vans, rendering the spare tire useless. Another feature is the flexible crossbar system that can adjust to mount storage on the bed, on the bed floor, and on the cabin roof. Check out the pictures below!
3. Offroad Capabilities
Engineers built the R1T with owners who want to explore untravelled roads in mind. Key Rivian R1T offroad features including all-wheel drive, an adjustable air suspension, and adaptive damping control make navigating back country roads and trails a breeze. All-wheel drive is powered by four electric motors. This helps maximize traction in muddy, snowy, or wet conditions. Adjustable air suspension helps improve both on-road and off-road performance. It allows the vehicle to lower to become more aerodynamic or rise to increase ground clearance. This is a big contributor to the R1T’s 3 foot water fording ability. The last offroad feature is adaptive damping control, which makes adjustments in a fraction of a second to improve traction and comfort.
Despite driving a pickup truck every day since I started driving, I love to go fast. Big trucks take some effort to make them go quick, but once they’re fast and fun to drive, you’re paying for that fun at the gas station. The Rivian R1T has 829 lb-ft of torque, up to 750 horsepower, and a max 0-60 speed of 3 seconds. That’s in the ballpark of some super cars. Driving a truck doesn’t mean you have to drive a slug. The R1T is so capable, and even though I haven’t driven one yet, I relish the chance.