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The 2022 Rivian R1T could win the 2022 North American Truck of the Year award. The Rivian R1T is the only full-size finalist. Here’s why the electric pickup truck could beat the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz for North American Truck of the Year.

The 2022 Rivian R1T overpowers the competition

The 2022 Rivian R1T is the most powerful mass-produced electric truck on the market. It is also the first electric truck available to American consumers. Though the majority of R1T owners that received the electric truck have been Rivian employees, the EV is still historic.

The R1T is even more powerful than the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX. According to Car and Driver, the electric truck uses a quad-motor system that makes a massive 800 horsepower. It will get 300 miles of range. Long-range models are expected to get 400 miles of range.

One of the reasons that the R1T could win North American Truck of the Year is because it overpowers all the competition. The Ford Maverick and Hyundai Tuscon pale in comparison when considering horsepower and speed.

The 2022 Rivian R1T is more than just a fast electric truck

Passenger's side front angle view of silver Rivian R1T in a comparison between the Rivian R1S
A silver Rivian R1T | Rivian

The 2022 Rivian R1T is extremely capable. Power is just one aspect of the electric pickup truck’s overall appeal. The R1T is an electric adventure truck. It has amazing off-roading ability. The pickup even conquered Hell’s Gate at Moab, which is often regarded as one of the toughest off-road obstacles in the country.

The R1T is built for adventure. It is the perfect truck for drivers looking to get the most out of the great outdoors and set up camp wherever they see fit. The R1T even has an Adventure Gear package that includes a rooftop tent and a slide-out kitchen. The electric truck can get drivers nearly anywhere and offers a unique off-road and overland experience for those looking to enjoy nature in style.

The Rivian R1T is more impressive than the other Truck of the Year finalists

A blue Rivian R1T is on display.
A blue Rivian R1T is on display | Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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The competition for North American Truck of the Year is stiff this year. All finalists are innovative pickup truck models. The Ford Maverick is the smallest, most affordable Ford pickup produced in decades. The Hyundai Santa Cruz is another compact truck that offers a new kind of utility.

The Rivian R1T may have some tough competitors for North American Truck of the Year, but if the award goes to the most capable truck, the R1T surely is the victor. Will the R1T easily win the award, or is this the year of the small pickup truck?


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