Over the past two years, there has been a few rumblings about electric pickup trucks, like from Bollinger and Tesla, but it’s another American firm – Michigan-based Rivian – that is the latest to join the fold. The Rivian R1T pickup will be previewed next week at the LA Auto Show and promises a 400-mile range and a 0-60 time of less than 3 seconds.
Electric power and pickup trucks are two terms we don’t associate strongly. In fact, as pickups tend to be worked harder than standard vehicles, and they’re more likely to get wet and muddy, they are probably one of the last vehicle types to make the switch to alternative fuels.
However, this hasn’t deterred dozens of start-ups and established brands around the world at giving it a go. The latest candidate, Rivian, was founded in 2009 and the R1T, along with an SUV based on the same platform, will be their first vehicles – which it describes as ‘electric adventure vehicles’.
Rivian R1T pickup information
Rivian has revealed very little about its new pickup; it’s saving most things for the big unveil on November the 26th. However, it does state the pickup can reach 60mph in less than 3 seconds and a range of over 400 miles.
The manufacturer released a one-minute promo video, although very little vehicle’s styling can be deduced (watch it below, and skip to 44 seconds for a brief glimpse of the upcoming vehicle). The headlights appear to be very unusual – pill-shaped and vertical – connected by a bar of light that runs the full width of the grille.
It’s unlikely that this vehicle will ever go on general sale, either her or in The States but it highlights further how much investment is being made in electric pickups. Approximately half of the $450m funding was spent on this vehicle; a huge chunk of which was provided by London’s Standard Chartered Bank.