The R1T proves itself as a real adventure truck once again.
Rivian is hard at work building up anticipation for its R1T electric pickup truck, with initial deliveries expected to begin next month. A few weeks ago, customers who pre-ordered the R1T were invited to experience its capabilities in an off-road setting, where the truck impressed drivers with its power and ability to scale seemingly challenging obstacles with ease.
In another demonstration of how tough this truck is, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe shared a video of the R1T wading its way through some deep water. The water was deep enough to reach the truck's headlights and the wheels were completely submerged too.
According to Rivian, the R1T has a wading depth of at least three feet. That works out to 36 inches, almost exactly half the height of the electric pickup. According to a diagram on the Rivian website, the maximum wading depth would reach just above the wheel arches. Based on the video, the team didn't quite get to that depth but they weren't too far off. As expected in a video shared by the CEO himself, the R1T had no trouble navigating its way through water this deep. By comparison, GMC says that the upcoming Hummer EV has a maximum water fording depth of 32 inches, so the Rivian is ahead in this particular category.
Even with the Xtreme Recon Package, the Jeep Wrangler's wading depth is 33.6 inches, lower than that of the R1T. Of course, water wading isn't the only factor in determining whether a vehicle is a great off-roader. The R1T also has an impressive 14.9 inches of ground clearance and approach/departure/breakover angles of 34/29.3/25.7 degrees respectively. Once the truck reaches customers, we'll find out whether it's as tough and reliable as Rivian thinks it is. If Rivian does run into some early teething issues, at least customers will have the peace of mind of an excellent warranty that surpasses what is offered by Tesla.