The Rivian R1T electric pickup, along with the closely related Rivian R1S SUV, have received official estimated range figures from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The 2022 Rivian R1T has an EPA-estimated driving range of 314 miles. The truck gets about 66 MPGe highway and 74 MPGe city for a combined rating of 70 MPGe. The EPA estimates R1T owners will pay $950 in annual “fuel” costs.
The Rivian R1S, meanwhile, has an EPA-estimated driving range of 314 miles. The truck gets about 65 MPGe highway and 73 MPGe city for a combined rating of 69 MPGe. Just like the R1T, Rivian R1S owners can expect to pay $950 in annual fuel costs.
These estimated range figures are for vehicles equipped with the mid-range 135 kWh battery. The 105 kWh battery, which carries late availability status, should give the vehicles about 230 miles of range. Rivian will eventually release a 180 kWh long-range battery, as well, which should give both the R1T and R1S over 400 miles of range.
Rivian, headquartered in Irvine, CA, will produce the R1T and the R1S at its production plant in Normal, Illinois, with deliveries set to commence in January of 2022. The R1T and R1S will be offered as direct rivals to the GMC Hummer EV pickup and GMC Hummer EV SUV, respectively.
The R1T and R1S Launch Edition models will come standard with a quad-motor powertrain producing 835 horsepower and 908 pound-feet of torque, enabling the heavy, full-size EVs to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat. Standard equipment includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a huge 15.6-inch infotainment display with navigation, a rear 6.8-inch rear seat console screen, a wireless charging pad and an onboard air compressor.
While Rivian is a new player in the automotive space, it has very strong financial backing. The company raised $2.65 billion in a funding round held early this year, which came from big names like T. Rowe Price Associates Inc., Fidelity Management and Research Company, Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, and D1 Capital Partners. Rivian is valued at an estimated $27.6 billion.