More details on Rivian R1T and R1S revealed, configurator goes live on November 16


The R1T in the dunes of Glamis, California. Emme Hall / Roadshow

Listen, EV nerds. The Rivian configurator will go live on November 16 – for those who have pre-ordered any of the R1T Trucks or R1S SUV, anyway. The rest of you will have to wait until November 23. But in the meantime, Rivian announced a number of new details on Wednesday, including pricing and equipment for various trim sets.

Both vehicles will be offered with Adventure or Explore packages and will come with Wi-Fi, live updates, vegan seats, and a sleek panoramic glass roof. Regardless of the model, the Adventure Pack adds a built-in air compressor and more rugged underbody protection, along with heated and cooled seats and what the company calls a Rivian Elevation 360 stereo system with a removable Bluetooth speaker. . For the R1T truck, the Adventure Pack also adds a remote monitoring system and an electric tonneau cover so your kit doesn’t get nicked while you’re on the hike. Vehicles with the adventure package will be available in January 2022 and will have a range of 300 miles. The R1T will be priced at $ 75,000 while the R1S will go for $ 77,500.

The Explore package is cool, but it doesn’t have as many features. Vegan seats are there, but the cooling technology isn’t. There is a surround sound system but there is no bluetooth speaker. And with this set, the R1T will get a manual tonneau cover instead of a power cover. However, the price of the Explore package is lower to account for this lack of kit. Rivians equipped with Explorer will go live in January 2022 with 300 miles of range, with the R1T costing $ 67,500 and the R1S at $ 70,000.

If you want a Rivian right away, you’ll need to pick up one of the limited edition launch models. The R1T Launch Edition will be ready in June 2021 with the R1S a few months later in August. The Launch Edition includes the Adventure package and 300 miles of range, and drivers will be able to add upgraded wheels and tires for free. It is painted in a unique color called launch green and will of course have special badges. The Launch Edition doesn’t cost more than the R1T or R1S with the Adventure package, but quantities are limited.

And what about the 400 mile battery we’ve heard so much about? On the R1T, it will be available in January 2022. The R1S will be available a bit later, although Rivian has not said exactly when it will be. Cheaper 250-mile R1T and R1S variants are expected to be announced at the same time.

The R1S will have a boxy and utilitarian look.


As for the technology, Rivian says the Driver Plus hands-free assistance system will be standard on every vehicle. This geo-fenced system uses 12 ultrasonic sensors, 10 outdoor cameras, five radars and high precision GPS, allowing vehicles to steer, change lanes and follow traffic on their own. But be aware: this is not an autonomous driving feature. Owners will need to be careful at all times and there is an interior camera to monitor driver vigilance.

For those who are worried charge their Rivian, the company is announcing that it will soon launch the Rivian Adventure Network, with fast-charging stations across the United States that can add 140 miles of range in just 20 minutes. However, no specific timeline is available for this deployment.

As the only journalist to have driving a Rivian R1T (so far), I greet this little news with a smile. Even the preproduction truck I drove had plenty of range and the all-terrain chops to load up the sand dunes and soak up the whoops. Conventional gasoline trucks should be nervous. I can’t wait for the Rivians to get started.

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