A patent filing suggests Rivian could sell police versions of the R1T and R1S.
In the future, Tesla Cybertruck police cruisers patrolling the streets could be a common sight all over the world. For instance, the mayor of Mexico has ordered 15 Tesla Cybertrucks for police and trash collection services. And a Cybertruck will also join the Dubai Police Force alongside police versions of the Lamborghini and Bugatti Veyron.
While deliveries for the Tesla Cybertruck aren't starting until next year, there's another electric pickup and SUV that's launching sooner: the Rivian R1T and R1S. Rivian's electric SUV and pickup is due to go on sale in late 2020 before the Tesla Cybertruck and would be extremely capable police cruisers thanks to their impressive performance, range, and off-road capability.
To show us what a Rivian police cruiser could look like, the Rivian Owners Forum has designed a couple of render showing the Rivian R1T and R1S fitted with emergency lights and police livery. The R1S SUV is finished in a traditional black US police livery, whereas the R1T has a green and white Dubai Police Force livery. A Rivian R1T would be a perfect partner for the Tesla Cybertruck the Dubai Police Force already has on order.
With a 0-62 mph time of three seconds, up to 750 horsepower on tap, and over 400 miles of range, the Rivian R1T and R1S would have no trouble keeping up with speeding criminals.
The idea of Rivian selling the R1T and R1S to police forces isn't farfetched either as the Rivian Owners Forum has discovered a seat patent filed by Rivian hinting that police versions are in development. The patent shows a special seat design for police officers and emergency responders who wear gear and equipment that would restrict movement in conventional seating.
"The present inventors have observed that such conventional seating may be unduly constraining for first responders, such as law enforcement personnel, given the variety of gear that may be worn on the body of such a first responder, and the variety of gear that may occupy the front seat region of a first responder vehicle," the patent reads.