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LA LIVE: Rivian R1T Electric Adventure Vehicle

by Byron Hurd

The R1T is the first in what Rivian plans to be a lineup of 'electric adventure vehicles.'

Following up on its teaser from earlier this month, electric vehicle startup Rivian is coming to Los Angeles this week to show off its first two "Electric Adventure Vehicle" concepts, including this, the Rivian R1T EV pickup.

Don't let the "pickup" moniker fool you, though. These are not your grandpa's farmland workhorses. Rivian is taking a far more up-market approach, which makes sense considering the premiums one expects to pay for the current crop of EVs.

To justify this price, Rivian is promising range and performance figures to match--figures that might look right at home on some high-performance sedans and coupes.

Just how aggressive are these promises? Well, Rivian plans to offer the R1T in three flavors based on battery capacities of 105 kWh, 135 kWh and 180 kWh. All three will drive four 147-kilowatt motors (in an all-wheel-drive configuration, meaning one motor per wheel).

Capacity drives both performance and range in the EV world, and Rivian has some impressive claims for both. The 105 kWh variant boasts roughly 300 kW (or roughly 400 horsepower and 560 Nm (around 410 lb-ft) of torque, a claimed 230-plus-mile range and a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds.

It only gets better from there. The 135 kWh model is the speed demon, bumping those figures to 562 kW (~750 horsepower) and 1,120 Nm (~825 lb-ft), 0-60 in three seconds flat and a total range of more than 300 miles. The 180 kWh model dials back the aggression a bit, with "just" 522 kW (700 horsepower) and the same torque figure as the 135 kWh model, with a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. The trade-off is range, which Rivian claims will top 400 miles.

And while we expect these luxury trucks to be priced well into six-figure territory (assuming they materialize, of course), Rivian insists they will be more than mere toys. The company promises plenty of utility, with a target payload rating of 800 kg (~1,760 pounds) and towing capacity of 5,000 kg (11,000 pounds).

Thanks to its "skateboard" EV chassis, it also boasts lots of extra storage capacity, including a 12-plus-cubic-foot "frunk," which is not something you'd normally find on a pickup. The below video highlights some of the R1T's other exclusive features.

Live photos by Brian Williams.