Amazon Leads $700 Million Investment In Rivian | CleanTechnica
The Rivian R1S electric SUV was a huge hit at the Los Angeles Auto Show last December, as was its corporate cousin, the R1T electric pickup truck. Both have a claimed range on a single battery charge of over 400 miles, far surpassing any other vehicles on the market. Except for the unfortunate over/under headlight design that echoes the “sucking on a lemon” look of the 1958 Edsel, the vehicles are handsome in a rugged, go-anywhere, do-anything sort of way — precisely the kind of in-your-face insouciance that someone with $80,000 to $140,000 to spend on an electric truck should find appealing.
Each wheel has its own 197 horsepower motor. Combined torque is in the neighborhood of 14,000 ft⋅lb. That should be enough to haul a few 2×4’s from Lowe’s on the way home. The vehicles will be offered with three battery sizes — 105, 135, and 180 kWh. The smallest battery will become available about 6 months after production begins.