Rivian is the latest EV automaker to pop up as of late with a truck and SUV offering and this one looks to leverage the massive force that electric motors have to offer.
The Los Angeles Auto Show is off and running and one of the first debuts that happened earlier today (Nov. 27, 2018) is from a newcomer to the Electric vehicle market, Rivian with their R1S all-electric SUV which utilizes the same skateboard chassis from its truck that also debuted earlier this week, the R1T. With four motors, one at each corner, which with a handful of batteries available and with seating for seven, the Rivian could be a capable electric SUV that could give Tesla’s Model X (and other competitors) a run for its money.
— Autocar (@autocar) November 27, 2018
The stats sheet for the R1S, like a lot of these newcomer EV’s, is impressive. Depending on what battery size you get, power ranges from 400-762 HP and 413-826 lb-ft so there’s a wide range of capabilities “under the hood.” With its hottest motor, the R1S is capable of a 60 MPH sprint in three seconds and a 100 MPH sprint in just seven seconds. Top speed is limited to just 125 MPH which shouldn’t take that long given those other two stats.
Logic says water and electricity don’t mix but Rivian is confident you can wade up to 1 meter without causing any issues to the electrics.
Range shouldn’t be that much of a problem with ranges going from 240-410 miles, again, depending on what battery you choose.
This being an SUV and all, no expense was spared equipping the R1S with a capable suspension with an unequal length double wishbone suspension up front and a multi-link in the rear. There’s dynamic roll control and adaptive dampers that go along with the ride-height adjustable air suspension.
Pricing starts at $65,000 after the federal tax credit so that’s an MSRP of $72,500 which is thousands cheaper than the Tesla Model X.
Rivians will be built in Normal, Illinois.