It's only rated to tow 11,000 pounds. This R1T pulled a truck weighing more than triple that figure.
We've seen some impressive recovery videos in our time, but a Rivian R1T dragging a 38,000-pound semi and trailer out of a precarious situation has to be one of the best.
Mylo Fowler is a proud Rivian owner and recently hit 30,000 miles after just five and a half months of ownership. That's more than 5,000 miles per month, five times the average monthly mileage in the USA, according to the US Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As a professional photographer, Fowler travels a lot and seems to have no issue with charging.
On this particular day, he encountered a semi and sedan that slid off the road on an ice-covered highway south of Moab, Utah, and decided to see if he could be a Good Samaritan.
At the beginning of the video, we see a Dodge Ram recover a sedan while the semi appears to be wedged in too deep. But fortune favors the bold, and Fowler used a Factor 55 tow strap in a closed loop. We checked the company's website, and the minimum breaking strength is 31,000 lbs. Basically, we have an electric pickup truck with an official top rating of 11,000 lbs and a tow strap that's uncomfortably close to what it should be doing.
Towing from the side only resulted in the Rivian sliding off the embankment, but once the road was clear enough for a nearly straight pull, the R1T made relatively light work of the situation. We guess that happens when you have 908 lb-ft of torque from 1 rpm.
We're confident the new Ford Super Duty could have done the same. When it was launched last year, Ford made a big deal about the 40,000 lbs towing capacity and that its large trucks will not go electric anytime soon.
Now, before the EV haters start commenting about range, we'd like to point out that this is not an article about range. We're well aware that EVs generally suck at towing stuff, though Chevy is putting a lot of effort into ensuring the Silverado EV Work Truck lives up to expectations. As for Rivian, it was pretty open about the R1T's abilities when we attended the US market launch, stating that towing will consume half the truck's battery life.
But this video perfectly illustrates why electricity is so perfect for off-roading. Fowler's next mission is to prove just that, and we can't wait to see how it works out.
Following a tough start to the year that saw Ford cut its stake in Rivian to roughly 1%, this video and the IIHS's recent safety ratings are what Rivian needs to remind people what a good truck it is.
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