It could actually work.
Rivian is a relative newcomer to the electric vehicle market but has already made waves with its R1T Truck, a competitor to the Tesla Cybertruck, while its massive deal with Amazon to provide the company with 100,000 electric delivery vans has solidified it as a serious player. In December last year we reported on these cute delivery vans being tested near Rivian's production site in Irvine, California with some mild camouflage to hide the vehicle's front and rear-end. Now that we have a good idea what the Rivian delivery van will look like, some have started coming up with their own quirky versions, including this creation, inspired by a 1970s GMC motorhome, and we have to admit that it looks pretty awesome.
A member of the 'Classic GMC Motorhome" group on Facebook, Alex Alexanian recently made a post showcasing his take on what a Rivian motorhome could look like. "So I've been trying to convince my friends at Rivian to let me re-interpret the vision of the GMC motorhome on their all-electric chassis that they've developed for Amazon. Let's show them some enthusiasm so we can move the mark and get this thing rolling! #Rivian" he said in his post. His take on the classic "Class A" GMC motorhome isn't exactly perfect, and the body lines more closely resemble those of a Mercedes-Benz Metris Van, but it still looks interesting.
The Class A GMC motorhome was produced between 1973 and 1978, and it is believed that only 8,000 to 9,000 of these land boats still roam the roads of America. When Rivian's electric van hits production, it will be available in three different sizes, and will also be offered with different powertrain and battery configurations. Using an electric commercial van as the base for a motorhome actually makes sense, as these vehicles will be built to carry large amounts of weight, so perhaps a Rivian motorhome isn't too far fetched. In the next few years, we can expect to see more competitors in the electric van class, including the Ford E-Transit in 2021, and Mercedes-Benz eSprinter in 2023.