Rivian R1T Electric Truck Promises Insane Performance – 750 Horsepower & 400 Miles of Range: Can This Be True?

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Rivian R1T (photo: Rivian)

Rivian releases images and specifications of their first planned vehicle, the R1T all electric pickup truck. The Michigan-based company is promising unheard of performance for a pickup truck or for any electric vehicle. Will this pickup truck reach production?

Here is a quick overview before we dive deeper into it. Rivian says the R1T will be powered by four electric motors with a combined power output of 750 horsepower and approximately 10,325 lb-ft of torque. Company says it will enable AWD capability and a 0-60 MPH in 3.0 seconds and 0-100 MPH in under 7 seconds.

The R1T is listed to have a wheelbase of approximately 121 inches, total length is approximately 215 inches, and total width is about 79 inches. This puts the R1T’s size somewhere between a current midsize truck such as the Toyota Tacoma and a half-ton such as the Ford F-150.

The R1T uses Rivian “skateboard” chassis design, which means the battery pack is located in middle of the chassis (right below the cab and bed). It still allows for a completely flat cabin floor, a frunk (front trunk), and a lockable “tunnel” storage compartment between the cab and the bed.


  • Power: 750 hp / 10,325 lb-ft torque
  • Range: 250-400 miles (based on 135 kWh – 180 kWh battery capacity)
  • Payload: 1,763 lbs
  • Towing: 11,023 lbs
  • Starting price: $61,500 after tax rebates

Performance Claims:

  • 0-60 MPH in 3.0 seconds
  • 0-100 MPH in under 7 seconds
  • 20 minutes DC fast charging provides at least 100 miles of range

Will the R1T reach production? Rivian says the truck will begin production in 2020, and preorders with a $1000 deposit are available now.