The range is even better than expected.
The Rivian R1T electric pickup is just weeks away from being delivered and its buyers are already getting an extra 15 miles or so of range. Both the R1T pickup and R1S SUV were certified by the EPA today with ranges of 314 miles and 316 miles respectively. This is up from the company's earlier estimate of 300 miles, so this is good news for those customers that have been waiting.
And those reservation holders have had a lot to deal with. The delivery dates on the R1T have moved several times, now allegedly landing within a month. Surprisingly it wasn't the semiconductor chip crisis, but regulators like the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One of those blocks is out of the way.
The tested vehicles featured Rivian's 135-kWh "large pack" battery. The truck has an official mpge 69 while the SUV gets 70 miles per gallon equivalent. The company is expected to eventually introduce a more-expensive 400-mile version and a cheaper 230-mile version.
That battery pack puts it at the top of the food chain for size, until the GMC Hummer goes on sale later this year. It has a 200-kWh pack and an estimated range of 350 miles.
The R1T's other obvious competitor is the Ford F-150 Lightning, which has two options for range that are very similar to the Rivian. The base model will get you an estimated 230 miles while the longer range version will go 300 miles without recharging. The Lightning hasn't been certified by the EPA yet, so those could still change.
One thing we can guarantee about the Rivian, it'll be good at fording water. Last week we caught a tweet from CEO RJ Scaringe showing the engineers blowing through a couple feet of water. We can't wait to try it ourselves.