Rivian R1T And R1S Finally Get More Affordable Battery Pack Options

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The Standard and Standard+ battery packs offer respectable range figures for less outlay.

Rivian has introduced new battery pack options for the R1T and R1S electric vehicles, providing customers with more affordable configurations. The new Standard and Standard+ battery packs lower the entry point significantly, with the base model R1T now priced at $69,900. The base R1S with the same setup now costs $74,900.

The Standard 106 kWh battery pack is only available with the Dual-Motor AWD configuration and provides up to 270 miles of range. For less than $70,000, that's not a bad deal for a premium electric lifestyle truck. Should you require slightly more range, the 121 kWh Standard+ battery pack is a fine middle-point between the Standard and Large batteries.

Standard+ can be specified with the Dual-Motor and Performance Dual-Motor drive systems. With the Dual-Motor and Standard+ battery, you're looking at $73,000 for the R1T and $78,000 for the R1S.

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If you want the extra grunt afforded by the Performance Dual-Motor, the price jumps to $78,000 for the R1T and $83,000 for the R1S. Regardless of the chosen drive system, the Standard+ pack provides an EPA-estimated range of 315 miles for both models.

It's worth noting that neither of the new battery packs is available in conjunction with the Quad-Motor AWD, which is offered exclusively with the Large battery pack.

The Rivian R1T and R1S are eligible for the $3,750 EV tax credit incentive, which means buyers can get a good deal on one of these vehicles - provided they are modest with their chosen spec. A basic R1T with the Standard battery pack and Dual-Motor configuration could cost as little as $66,150. If that's still too steep, perhaps you should wait for the upcoming R2 SUV, rumored to cost between $40,000 and $60,000.

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On the other end of the spectrum, Rivian is yet to offer the Quad-Motor AWD drive system with the Max battery pack. Monied buyers would certainly be interested in the ultimate Rivian configuration, offering the most power and the strongest range, but the company canceled it and told customers this combination would be made available later. When that may be is still to be determined.

It's been over a year since that happened, but a pair of camouflaged R1T trucks gives us hope that Rivian is testing prototypes with this desirable configuration. At least customers can finally specify the Max battery pack somewhere, which delivers an extraordinary EPA range of up to 410 miles, depending on the drive system, wheel size, and chosen model. It does come at a price, though, adding $19,100 to the MSRP of an R1T Dual-Motor AWD, for example.

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