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The Rivian R1T is a historic American pickup truck. American pickup trucks have built a reputation of being reliable and hardworking. We’ve reached a new era in the automotive industry where top automakers are beginning to produce popular electric vehicle nameplates. American electric vehicle company Rivian has produced the most capable electric pickup truck thus far. It competes with Ford’s model and will compete with Chevrolet and Ram pickup trucks.

How fast does the Rivian R1T go?

A red 2022 Rivian R1T Launch Edition electric pickup truck is parked.
The 2022 Rivian R1T Launch Edition | Charles Singh for Motorbiscuit

The Rivian R1T is the quickest electric pickup truck on the market. It is faster than most gas-powered pickup trucks because of its innovative quad motor electric powertrain system. According to InsideEVs, the R1T has a top speed of 115 miles per hour.

Rivian’s electric truck’s top speed may not be mind-blowing, but its acceleration rate is insane. The R1T Launch Edition can go from 0-60 miles per hour in about 3.3 seconds. That’s quicker than a Ram 1500 TRX.

The R1T Launch Edition is a performance pickup truck that rivals the quickest trucks ever made. Best of all, agility isn’t its only strength. The automaker is marketing its new pickup as an adventure truck designed to create unique experiences for drivers on the road less traveled.

The Rivian R1T is made for adventure

Off-roading has become extremely popular in America in recent years. This popularity is a factor in why used Toyota Tacomas are selling for more than new Tacos. Drivers are buying used Tacomas to use for off-road adventures.

Several automakers are getting in on the off-road trend and creating off-road trims for popular nameplates. The Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition is a perfect example of automakers leaning into the trend.

The Rivian R1T is specifically designed for off-road aventuring. It uses an adjustable air suspension that gives the truck up to 14.5 inches of ground clearance. Rivian offers 34.0 inch tires to make the pickup even more capable. The R1T Launch Edition makes 835 horses and 908 lb-ft of torque, so it has more than enough power to get out of a jam.

Rivian’s electric pickup truck is only available in the $80,000 Launch Edition trim thus far, but it will be available in Explore and Adventure trims. The Explore starts at $67,500. The Adventure trim starts at $73,000.

Is the Rivian R1T the best electric truck?

A green Rivian R1T is parked on a hill.
The 2022 Rivian R1 T | Rivian

The Rivian R1T is America’s first electric pickup, but is it America’s next electric truck? Its greatest competition thus far is the Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Blue Oval’s electric pickup truck boasts amazing utility because of its electric powertrain. More importantly, it’s affordable and that gives it a huge edge against the R1T. The first batch of F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks were eligible for the full federal tax incentive. That brings the base model Pro trim’s price to $32,474. The R1T’s base model is much more expensive.

Rivian has produced the most capable electric truck thus far, but it just isn’t accessible to most average Americans. The Ford F-150 Lightning has a better chance at becoming the best in its vehicle segment.

Read more about the Ford F-150 Lightning in the next article below.


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