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The 2022 Rivian R1T is many things, but it is not indestructible. The R1T is America’s first electric pickup so it is bound to encounter a variety of first-time experiences. This may not be the first-ever R1T accident, but it sure is one of the most heartbreaking incidents.

Up in flames: A driver just totaled their 2022 Rivian R1T

A gray 2022 Rivian R1T is parked.
The 2022 Rivian R1T | Rivian

A 2022 Rivian R1T went up in flames and it had nothing to do with the vehicle’s battery overheating. The R1T was involved in a wild accident that ultimately led to the expensive electric pickup crashing into a pole and catching fire. How on earth did the driver crash, and how much money does the damage equate to?

According to Inside EVs, the accident occurred when a driver lost control of the powerful pickup. This may seem strange but if you consider the R1T’s massive 835 horsepower, the accident becomes much more reasonable. The R1T is easily one of the fastest pickup trucks ever made, overpowering legendary models like the Ram TRX.

The crashed R1T was a total loss after catching on fire. It starts at $67,500 for the base model Explore trim, but the first R1T available is the most expensive Launch Edition trim. The Launch Edition starts at a whopping $73,000.

Is the Rivian R1T a safe truck?

The Rivian R1T | Rivian

Other than its incredible power, thus far, there has been no reason to believe that the R1T is an inherently dangerous truck. The electric pickup truck may be quick, but thus far there have been no serious recalls for the vehicle. There are also only around 1,000 models currently on the road, so it’s too soon to make any claims regarding the truck’s safety or reliability.

One thing to be said about the potential danger of such a fast truck is that drivers should prepare themselves. The R1T isn’t your grandpa’s old pickup, and it certainly doesn’t accelerate like any truck that the average consumer has encountered. The R1T launches from 0-60 miles per hour in a mere 3.0 seconds. This acceleration rate rivals some sports car models and even some supercars.

Should you buy a Rivian electric pickup truck?

A gray 2022 Rivian R1T is driving off-road.
2022 Rivian R1T | Rivan

The Rivian R1T is an amazing electric pickup truck designed to take on off-roading challenges. It uses an air suspension that can give the truck a whopping 14.4 inches of ground clearance. The electric pickup truck has a wading depth of over three feet.

The R1T is the perfect off-road pickup truck in many ways. Sadly, most consumers will never get their hands on one because of its hefty price tag. If you do get the opportunity to drive or own a Rivian R1T, respect its speed and power because this is not the average pickup.


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