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Finally, an electric truck
12.06.2018 - by John U'Ren
Finally, an electric truck

Rivian, a new Michigan-based EV startup, has just debuted their R1T all-electric truck at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s quite an impressive truck, with a 400-mile range, four 200-horsepower electric motors, 11,000 pound towing capacity, 160 kW fast charger that promises 200 miles of range in 30 minutes, and space for five passengers all in a $69,000 price tag. Perhaps more impressively, Rivian already has a production facility in Normal, Illinois ready to start churning out these high-end pickups. Rivian recently secured a $200 million loan that allowed them to take over a former Mitsubishi manufacturing plant, and Rivian expects to employ over 1,000 Americans at this new plant. Unlike other EV startups, Rivian is ready to bring a functional product to market, and, perhaps most importantly, will be the first to market with an electric light duty non-commercial truck.

To be clear, the R1T is a premium luxury truck, closer to a Range Rover than a base F-150. While the Rivian appears certainly capable of matching the utility of the Ford Super Duty Series trucks, RAM trucks, and Chevy Silverados, its luxury and high tech features definitely push the Rivian towards a different market segment. The “I’ll get an EV when they make an electric truck” crowd probably didn’t envision the R1T when they made that statement.

Rivian looks to have these vehicles available by 2020, and is currently taking $1,000 refundable deposits for the R1T. It is unknown at this time how many reservations Rivian has received.

It seems the first electric truck will come from Michigan, after all. Just not one of the Detroit Big Three.

13 comments on “Finally, an electric truck”
  1. Brad Jensen says:

    This is not the first electric pickup. I drove a 1989 Ford Ranger EV. Was a great truck with horrible batteries. I could imagine with a Tesla pack underneath I would have been a happy camper…

  2. DENNIS WHITLOCK says:

    DANG …. thanks [Charles Olsen]. That Workhorse W-15 is a great looking electric pickup also. BUT, it’s not al 100% electric pickup truck. It has a combustion engine as a range extender, effectively making it a plug-in hybrid. But that’s okay for the right people. I’m looking for 100% electric. Thanks for letting all of us know about it though. Very cool !!!! Being that Tesla has been in the electric vehicle (and battery) manufacturing business longer than most, I’m going to bank my money until Tesla releases their electric pickup.

  3. Joe says:

    Charles, I think you may have missed the point of this article. The Rivian is in fact an electric truck – all electric. In fact, it’s range on all electric is greater than the range of the hybrid you made reference to.

  4. Joe says:

    Charles, I think you may have missed the point of this article. The Rivian is intact an electric truck – all electric. In fact, it’s range on all electric is greater than the range of the hybrid you made reference to.

  5. Michael Teply says:

    It’s about time, I’m sure these trucks will sell like hot cakes

  6. Josh P says:

    I really hope they work with Tesla Superchargers! The CCS/Chademo chargers are few and far between. Plus there’ s usually only one, maybe two plugs there. And you never know if it’s broken or not unless someone took the time to update it on Plugshare.com.

  7. Tony Potochnik says:

    What about the Workhorse pickup out of Loveland Ohio.? Over 400 HP 4 WD. Generator backup.

  8. Thomas Reichert says:

    Hey, don’t forget the Rivian SUV too, it looks fantastic! https://products.rivian.com/suv/

  9. David Bluefeather says:

    The Workhorse W-15 is NOT an EV.

  10. Tim Smith says:

    W-15 Yuck
    Sorry. That thing missed the mark.

  11. Nedzad Mehic says:

    Ummm,can’t compare apples and oranges, Volt and Tesla Model 3,Rivian all electric to Workhorse PHEV..Don’t get me wrong,I love the idea,as a Volt driver myself, but can’t compare the two..

  12. Roman Vazquez says:

    Actually, Rivian’s R1S SUV is just as impressive since it will be built on the same “skateboard” architecture as the R1T.
    I’ve already put down my deposits. I can’t decide which one I prefer just yet. (first world problems)

  13. Charles Olsen Jr says:

    Sorry folks but the Workhorse W-15 is already available for commercial fleets and soon for retail customers. https://www.tfltruck.com/2018/01/workhorse-w-15-now-available-general-public-pricing-news/

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