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With snow already hitting many parts of the country, some automotive shoppers might be thinking about getting a vehicle that’s good for snow driving. Pickup trucks are often the vehicle of choice for excursions in the white fluffy stuff. And the best pickup truck for driving snow is an EV: the all-electric Rivian R1T.

All-electric Rivian R1T is the best pickup truck for snow driving

Front angle view of blue Rivian R1T EV truck, the best pickup truck for driving in the snow
Rivian R1T | Rivian

As we detailed in an earlier article, the all-electric Rivian R1T has advantages over gas-powered pickup trucks for off-road use. Many of these same off-road attributes apply for effective and safe driving in the snow.

For one, the Rivian R1T EV truck comes equipped with a quad-motor all-wheel drive system. The specs of the quad-motor system are jaw-dropping. It delivers 835 horsepower and 908 lb-ft of torque — with a 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds. The impressive output of the quad-motor system enables the R1T to power through heavy snow.

The quad-motor system’s output only tells part of the story, though. With an electric motor for each wheel, power is channeled to a specific wheel as needed for maximum traction. Also, the torque delivery for the EV truck is instantaneous. This is especially important when driving in the snow, for the instantaneous torque delivery prevents wheel slippage. 

Adjustable air suspension in Rivian R1T EV 

Blue Rivian R1T electric truck in the snow, highlighting how it's the best pickup truck for snow driving
Rivian R1T | Rivian

Along with its quad-motor all-wheel drive system, the adjustable air suspension helps make the Rivian R1T the best pickup truck for driving in snowy conditions. This adjustable air suspension enables you to raise and lower the height of the electric truck.

For driving in deep snow, you can raise the Rivian R1T to a ground clearance of 14.9 inches. While other trucks might struggle through deep snow, the very high ground clearance gives the R1T a big advantage in the winter.

Conversely, the EV truck can be lowered to 7.9 inches. For some pickup drivers, snow isn’t viewed as an inconvenience. It’s an attraction, particularly for skiers and snowboarders. Snow enthusiasts can benefit from the ability to lower the ground clearance of the R1T to 7.9 inches, for it makes it easier to load up your gear. Also, the R1T has a unique gear tunnel that runs the width of the truck. The gear tunnel is great for storing long items, such as skis. 

Other features that aid the R1T electric truck for driving in snowy conditions

Furthermore, the Rivian R1T electric truck has a wading depth of over three feet. While the wading depth typically pertains to driving through water, it’s also pertinent for snow driving. With a higher wading depth, the R1T is less likely to get damaged by driving in deep wet snow compared to other pickup trucks.

Also, the EV truck has many selectable drive modes for various conditions. This includes All-Purpose, Sport, Conserve, Off-Road Auto, Off-Road Rock Crawl, Off-Road Drift, Off-Road Rally, and Tow Mode. Plus, the R1T also offers traction-enhancing all-terrain tires, as well as a wide range of cargo and adventure gear accessories.

If you desire a pickup truck that’s good for snowy conditions, then look no further than the all-electric Rivian R1T. With its quad-motor all-wheel drive system, adjustable air suspension, and other features, the R1T EV is the best pickup truck for driving in the snow.


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