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LA Auto Show 2018: The Rivian R1S – The Future Of Electric Adventure Vehicles

Rivian, from Normal, IL. is looking to revolutionize the true utility vehicle, or what it calls the Adventure Vehicle. And if we’re to consider the technology and specs that underpin both the R1S SUV and the R1T pickup, we may become believers.

The R1S is a 7-passenger SUV that boasts a full-electric range of over 400 miles (650+ km) and the performance and precise control of quad-motor AWD. Three battery pack configurations will be offered, from 105 to 180 kWh.

Rivian introduces fully electric R1T pickup at LA Auto Show

Power numbers are off the charts with horsepower reaching in excess of 750 and torque figures exceeding 825 lb.-ft. Despite the size and girth of the R1S, it is expected to reach 100 km/h in as little as 3 seconds and be capable of towing 3,500 kg (7,750 lbs.)

Exterior styling is conventional-meets-the-future while the cabin is luxurious, featuring sustainably sourced woods.

R1S pricing will start at $65,000 after US Federal Tax credit. Deliveries are expected to begin in late 2020. Like Tesla, fully-equipped vehicles with the highest performance level and largest battery pack will enter production first – they won’t be the $65,000 units. If interested, you can already pre-order your R1T or R1S.

Rivian R1S 3-row all-electric SUV
Rivian R1S | Photo: Rivian Automotive

Rivian R1S 3-row all-electric SUV
Rivian R1S | Photo: Rivian Automotive

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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