On-course quick charging available for 750 hp pickup
Will compete in same class as gas-powered trucks
One of the most challenging rally events in the world is adding a new Electrified class in order to showcase the Rivian R1T along with the plug-in Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The electric pickup will enter the 4×4 class, competing with a wide range of Jeeps and other serious (but road legal) 4×4 models in the Rebelle Rally.
The Rebelle Rally, set to run October 8-17 this year, is the first off-road navigation rally just for women. It covers dirt roads, double tracks, trails, and dunes, and last year’s events saw competitors covering more than 2,000 km of terrain across the desert in California and Nevada. It’s a massive test of skills in navigation and time-speed-distance precision that’s also a serious workout for the vehicles involved. Organizers call it “the longest competitive off-road navigation rally in the United States.”
At the helm of the R1T will be two-time champions Emme Hall and Rebecca Donaghe, both well experienced in off-road events. “Adventures like the Rebelle Rally are what Rivian vehicles are made for. It’s meaningful to join as the rally’s first all-electric vehicle,” said Rivian Creative Director Larry Parker.
The R1T offers four electric motors, can wade nearly a metre of water, has 750 hp, and a 650 km on-road range, but that last one won’t help when the rally route is in the middle of nowhere and 2,000 km long. So what’s the plan?
Power Innovations will supply power for the various base camps, but will also offer 175 kW fast charging for competitors along the route. That’ll let the Rivian pickup get a quick charge and get back on course as quickly as possible. Other than charging (and refuelling for gas vehicles), no outside assistance (even cell phones and GPS) is allowed on the event.
The electric pickup doesn’t run in its own class, it’ll be in the score chart with all of the other 4×4 vehicles, but the organizers are making allowances for on-course charging.