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News Rivian Adds Two Smaller Batteries to R1T and R1S, Drops Starting Price

Rivian Adds Two Smaller Batteries to R1T and R1S, Drops Starting Price

The Rivian R1T and R1S are now available with smaller batteries, at a lower price.

  • The R1T and R1S will now be available with the Standard and Standard+ batteries.

  • These will provide a range of 435 km and 507 km for both models respectively.

  • Canadian starting prices are now $105,000 for the R1T and $112,500 for the R1S

Rivian has now added two new battery options to its R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV, something it announced on X (Twitter) yesterday evening.

These new batteries, called Standard and Standard+, will allow the company to lower the base price of both models, which now start at $105,000 for the R1T and $112,500 for the R1S in Canada.

While both models were previously available only with the Large (135 kWh) and Max (149 kWh) batteries, they will now also be available with these smaller 106 kWh and 121 kWh units.

According to Rivian, these batteries will feature the same NCA chemistry as its larger ones, at least for now. Indeed, the automaker answered a comment on X (Twitter) by saying that a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) chemistry will be introduced for the Standard pack later this year.

2023 Rivian R1T | Photo: Rivian

At the moment, the company estimates the R1T and the R1S will be able to drive up to 435 kilometres on a charge with the Standard battery, and 507 kilometres with the Standard+.

The smaller battery is currently only available with the regular dual motor powertrain which generates 533 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque.

The Standard+ option can also be ordered with the Performance Dual Motor powertrain that delivers 665 horsepower and 829 lb-ft of torque.

The top-of-the-line Quad Motor setup remains exclusively paired with the Large battery.

In terms of pricing, the Standard+ option will add $5,000 to the price of an R1T or and R1S, making it available starting at $110,000 on the pickup and $117,500 on the SUV.

Rivian Skateboard Platform – Rivian

For a vehicle that pairs the Standard+ battery with the Performance Dual Motor system, buyers should be ready to spend another $8,000, for a total of $118,000 (R1T) or $125,500 (R1S).

As a comparison, the versions equipped with the Large pack start at $119,500 (R1T) and $127,000 (R1S). These models offer 566 kilometres of range.

The Max battery boosts this figure up to 659 kilometres for the pickup and 643 for the SUV, but it adds $29,500 to the receipt, for a total of $134,500 (R1T) and $142,000 (R1S).

Source: Rivian and InsideEvs

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