Rivian Provides Sneak Peek of Truck, Reveal Scheduled for LA Autoshow in November

 (Photo: Rivian)

(Photo: Rivian)

In an exclusive interview with Engadget, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe gave a sneak peek at their upcoming vehicles. Slated for production in 18 months, Scaringe stated that they will reveal both their SUV and Truck at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. 

Rivian is calling its much-anticipated truck and SUV the A1T and A1C, respectively. Scaringe shared several impressive specifications, highlighting their off-road capabilities. The vehicles will be able to wade through more than 3.5 feet of water, climb a 45-degree incline, and do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds.

"It's stiffer than a supercar," Scaringe told Engadget. "There are only a few cars in the world that are going to be as fast as ours, and we have a large five-passenger truck." 

If those stats didn't impress you enough, brace yourself. Rivian is creating a 800-HP version of the vehicle capable of more than 450 miles of range. That would make Rivian's SUV the longest range electric vehicle on the market, by quite a bit. Pricing hasn't been finalized for the vehicles, but the company felt comfortable with a $50,000 - $90,000 price range. The base model will have an 80kWh battery pack and be capable of more than 200 miles of range. 

 Jeff Hammoud, Rivian's VP of Vehicle Design (Photo: Rivian)

Jeff Hammoud, Rivian's VP of Vehicle Design (Photo: Rivian)

In the past, Scaringe has shied away from comparison's to electric-vehicle powerhouse Tesla, but he highlighted that their SUV and truck will be far "capable" than Tesla's Model X. 

In addition to producing the A1T and A1C, Rivian plans to license the platform to other automakers. The company is betting that manufacturers like, across many sectors, would rather avoid sinking tens of millions of dollars into developing their own battery storage and management systems. It's worth noting that Apple and Google both abandoned plans to produce their own autonomous electric vehicles, citing high costs and lack of industry insight. 

Keep your eyes peeled for increasing activity at the massive Rivian plant out on the west-side of Normal. 

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