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It makes the most sense to be styling and profiling on your way to a rocket ship, that’s why Jeff Bezos took a Rivian R1S. The Blue Origin stole the show as a rocket, but the 2021 Rivian R1S deserves attention, too, as a sleek all-electric SUV.  

Jeff Bezos used a 2021 Rivian R1S before going to space 

A green 2021 Rivian R1S parked in a driveway
2021 Rivian R1S | Rivian

Ground control to Major Tom, what the heck is that cool SUV on the ground? Well, if you were around for the Blue Origin rocket launch, then you may have laid eyes on the futuristic 2021 Rivian R1S SUV

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his fellow crew of future astronauts that went to the edge of space rode to the launch pad in the all-electric R1S. But Amazon is one of the largest Rivian investors, with a $700 million stake. 

Over 100,000 Rivian vehicles were ordered by Amazon to will last-mile delivery and shipping needs for its Prime delivery service. A few vehicles have already hit the streets, but the remainder should arrive by 2030

A spokesperson shared that Rivian Rivian loaned several pre-production R1S pickups to the Blue Origin team to assist with launch-day transportation. While these vehicles didn’t go to space, they still seem out of this world. 

What is the R1S? 

The 2021 Rivian R1S is an electric vehicle that looks to take on the Tesla Model X because it’s currently the only other three-row electric SUV that’s available. It’s expected to start around $70,000, while the Model X has an MSRP of $79,990. 

Like the Tesla Model X, the R1S will be sold directly to customers. Rivian is following in Tesla’s footsteps by setting up a network of service centers and stores. Imitation is the best form of flattery, right? 

Anyways, the R1S is pretty similar to its 2021 Rivian R1T pickup truck sibling. The smallest 105-kWh battery pack offers a combined output of 402 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. It provides 240 miles of range on a full charge. 

The 135-kWh battery pack is the mid-level option and generates an incredible 753 hp and 826 lb-ft of torque with a range of 310 miles. Performance specs for the largest 180-kWh battery pack haven’t been released, but it’s expected to have a 410-mile range. 

The R1S can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds and tow up to 7,700 lbs. It can also carry a payload of up to 1,800 lbs and has a ground clearance of 14.5 inches. It has a camper with a pull-out kitchen and an optional 12V refrigerator too. 

What is the R1S interior like? 

2021 Rivian R1S interior
2021 Rivian R1S interior | Rivian

The 2021 Rivian R1S may not have the same interior as the Blue Origin Rocket, but it’s still luxurious enough to impress Jeff Bezos. It features contemporary styling with premium leather and upscale wood trim. 

It features a 12-cubic-foot front trunk or frunk, a large rear cargo area, a split tailgate, and a spacious third row. You can easily access the sizeable digital gauge display and horizontally oriented infotainment system. 

The infotainment system features haven’t been released, but it’s safe to expect Apple CarPlay, Android Wireless, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless phone charging. Standard safety features include automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. 

The Rivian R1S Launch Edition, which starts at around $75,000, will be delivered this fall. Other trims, such as the Adventure Trim, will be released in 2022. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel to see how this electric beast performs! 


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