Just a single outlet was required.
When an all-electric vehicle is fully charged, it also becomes a significant power source for numerous other things. Simply plug the vehicle into an outlet or any other electric device. It's that easy. Rivian wanted to showcase this capability during a recent holiday event it held for its employees and their families from its Normal, Illinois headquarters. 2020 has been a tough year for everyone and a little socially distanced holiday cheer was in order.
A Rivian R1T pickup truck was driven out to the middle of the woods near the facility where it used was to provide the juice for 20,000 lights covering several trees and the paths leading up to them. While not a huge technological feat, it was a nice holiday gesture.
The R1T and R1S SUV were originally scheduled to begin rolling off the production line late this year or very early next year, but have been delayed until next summer. This very minor setback didn't stop customers. Rivian's online configurator officially went live last month and it didn't take long for the Launch Editions of both models to sell out, priced at $75,000 and $77,500, respectively.
These feature-packed vehicles will be the first to arrive, followed by less expensive variants. However, the cheapest trim, called "Explore", begins at a still hefty $67,500 and $70,000 for the R1T and R1S, respectively. Mid-level models can't be had for less than $75,000.
However, a fully-loaded R1T with the Adventure Package will set buyers back nearly $100,000. To compare, the entry-level Tesla Cybertruck will cost barely $40,000.
Rivian is also placing a huge emphasis on outdoor off-road EV truck adventures. Both vehicles have been designed to accommodate the necessary gear and this Christmas tree display is an example of how an entire campsite can be lit up at night. The company, which has major investments from Ford and Amazon, is also developing a network of DC fast-charging stations throughout the country called the Rivian Adventure Network. These stations will be located at vital locations such as hiking trails, kayaking spots, and rock climbing sites.