After revealing its electric pickup R1T yesterday, U.S. startup Rivian raises the game with its fully electric SUV R1S, which will be offered as a 5 and 7-seater. Prices start at 72,500 U.S. dollars (before subsidies), and the EV will be available by late 2020.
The R1S is based on the same platform as the R1T, the electric pickup truck Rivian unveiled at the LA Auto Show yesterday.
Like the R1T, the electric SV will also be available with four 147 kW electric motors. Other technical details are also identical to its sibling model: the total output can be configured to different levels between 300 and 562 kW. Depending on the level, different battery capacities of 105, 135 and 180 kWh are available and the range of this all-electric SUV varies accordingly between 370 and 644 km.
The main difference between the two vehicles is that the electric SUV is shorter than the pickup and has a third row of seats instead of a loading area so it sits up to 7 people. The dimensions of the Rivian SUV are therefore most similar to those of the Tesla Model X, which also has up to seven seats.
When it comes to digital and autonomous driving functions (autonomy level 3, over-the-air updates, etc.), the SUV is in no way inferior to the electric pickup. This also applies to the acceleration capacity that takes it from 0 to 100 kph in 3 seconds. The R1S electric vehicle also has a top speed of 200 kph.
Expect both Rivian’s people and load carrier to hit the market towards the end of 2020. Pre-orders are open though and require a 1,000 dollar deposit. The order page for the R1S electric SV details delivery times as follows: “fully-equipped vehicles with the highest performance level and largest battery pack will enter production first. Our 180 kWh and 135 kWh packs will be available at launch with the 105 kWh to follow in 2021.”