Anybody seeking to buy Rivian’s R1T electrical pickup truck with the accessible Quad-Motor powertrain and 180-kwh Max pack battery will probably be upset because the configuration is not accessible. This is applicable solely to the pickup because the Max pack was by no means accessible on the associated R1S SUV.
It additionally extends to R1T preorder holders who have been knowledgeable this week through a letter that they’re going to want to change to a different configuration. The Max pack battery can nonetheless be configured with the usual Twin-Motor powertrain, whereas the Quad-Motor powertrain can nonetheless be configured with the 135-kwh Giant pack battery.
Rivian stated the change will assist simplify the manufacturing course of as the corporate continues to ramp up numbers.
Rivian additionally stated the Max pack battery together with a Quad-Motor powertrain with “extra functionality” will probably be made accessible at a later date, seemingly at an elevated value. Whereas preorder holders even have the choice of ready for this new configuration, the supply time is perhaps some time. Preorder holders keen to go for one of many current configurations might see their pickup delivered as quickly as early 2023, Rivian stated.
For the Twin-Motor powertrain on each the R1T and R1S, Rivian can be getting ready a efficiency improve. Rivian in January will announce a software program tweak that’s anticipated to spice up output to round 700 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque, in comparison with the present ranking of 600 hp and 600 lb-ft. The efficiency improve can be anticipated to drop the 0-60 mph time of Twin-Motor fashions from 4.5 seconds to three.5 seconds.
The efficiency improve will solely be accessible on new orders, at the very least initially. Pricing data will probably be introduced nearer to the market launch.
Whereas Rivian adjusts its automobile configurations, the automaker is constant to roll out over-the-air updates that add new performance. The latest is a Snow mode, designed for on-road driving in wintry circumstances.