2021 Rivian R1T Electric

MSRP $61,500

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2021 Rivian R1T electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: March 30, 2021

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American roads are filled with massive pick-up trucks that offer amazing capabilities. We have a whole pickup segment to choose from. With new advancements, various companies are shifting towards electric vehicles, so they might as well make electric pickup trucks for America as that's what we want. The Department of motor vehicles has already declared that we are going all-electric in the future.

Rivian announced an electric SUV and a pickup truck back in 2017 for the future. They also said the vehicles will offer semi-autonomous driving with both on-road and off-road capabilities. A few years later, here we are with their much-awaited innovation.

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Pros

Incredible towing capacity

Great off-road capabilities

Good storage space

Cons

Less range than some of its rivals

What's New?

Brand new vehicle for 2021


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$61500

bodystyle

4dr Pickup Truck

top speed

120 mph

engine type

transmission

1-speed Automatic

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.7 sec.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Rivian R1T electric Detailed Review video
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2021 Rivian R1T electric Exterior video

Trims

Base $61,500 onwards

TBD

  • 15.6" Center Touchscreen
  • 3-Level Autonomous Drive Capacity
  • 6.8" Rear Touchscreen
  • LED Headlights & DRL's

Colors and Styles

2021 Rivian R1T electric in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing And Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

9.2

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

9.9

Safety

9.0

9.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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Overall Rating


For 2021, Rivian has launched its R1T Electric Pickup Truck with R1S Electric SUV. The R1T looks amazing with next level front fascia and a sleek design. The R1T Electric will offer amazing off-road and towing capabilities, thanks to Rivian and its technology.

The price range for the Rivian R1T starts from $69,000. It will rival the likes of Tesla Cybertruck, GMC Hummer EV, and the Nikola Badger truck. We are going to see more of the R1T in the coming months as it will be available for you sooner than you think.

2021 Rivian R1T front view

9.0/10
Pricing and Features

9.2/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2021 Rivian R1T electric Pricing and Features

9.0/10

As the company hasn't revealed much about the trims, we have limited info about the Rivian R1T. It will be a fully electric pickup truck that will offer best in class off-road capabilities. There will be up to 180kwH of battery to power the electrical systems. 

The R1T Electric will be a semi-autonomous truck and will be the world's first electric off-roader with a standard all-wheel-drive system. 

Trim

Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck

MSRP

$69,000

Key Features

Quad-motor system

 

Advanced all-digital instrument cluster

 

Exceptional off-roading capabilities

 

Semi-autonomous

 

750hp peak power

The Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck is expected to offer 3 trim levels. The rendered model is the top of the line trim. The starting price is 69,000 and we can expect it to go all the way up to $90,000.

2021 Rivian R1T three quarter view

The quad-motor system will power each wheel individually. There's a maximum towing capacity of 11,000 lbs. The next level interior will offer advanced features and in hand controller for functions. 

2021 Rivian R1T electric Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Rivian is a new brand in the car world. With its revolutionary technology, it might become a big thing in the future. As new brands are developing crazy stuff, we can expect Rivian to deliver what we expect from it. Being an American brand, the Rivian will offer a high standard of quality and reliability.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The Rivian R1T is literally one of a kind pickup truck. Like it a whole new vehicle, we don't know how it will stack up against the rivals. Also, we aren't aware of the quality they'll offer. As Rivian has invested a huge amount in the project, the expectations are quite high. 

The R1T is an all-electric pickup truck that will offer up to 400 miles of range with its quad-motor setup. The maintenance will be easy as it is all motor and batteries. Rivian will reveal more details about the R1T very soon.

The R1T Electric Pickup Truck will cost you $69,000, on average. The electric vehicle incentives will shed the price down a little bit. Also, you will get a tax credit of up to $7,500.

The prices will differ in different states.

States

Cost

Washington

$69,000

California

$69,000

Florida

$69,000

New Jersey

$69,000

Arizona

$69,000

The exact ownership costs aren't available for each state. The federal tax credit may vary in different states. The Rivian looks promising with its advanced tech and capabilities. As there are less to none electric pickup trucks in America, the Rivian might be able to make it good in the coming years.

For five years, the Rivian R1T will cost you around $70,000 to $75,000 keeping aside the tax credit and incentives. With this price bracket, the R1T can become the cheapest electric pickup.

Warranty

Rivian hasn't revealed the warranty coverage figures of the R1T Electric. Still, we can expect it to offer a basic warranty for a minimum of 3 years/36,000 miles. 

Also, as there's an all-electric powertrain, the motors will be covered under the warranty. The same is the case with the battery. And if our speculations aren't wrong, we'll get 24-hour roadside assistance too.

Miles per Dollar

As an electric vehicle, the MPD of the Rivian R1T will be high. Rivian has said that the R1T will offer up to 400 miles of range on a full charge. If the battery has a capacity of 180kWh and the cost of electricity in the USA is $0.12 approx. per kWh, then R1T will get a full charge in just $21.6 dollars which is equivalent to the price of 10 gallons of fuel. 

2021 Rivian R1T electric Buying Advice

As we are not aware of the trims and options, we can just say that Rivian will offer at least 3 trims levels for the R1T. It is sure that all the trims will offer amazing features such as an all-digital instrument cluster, massive infotainment, semi-autonomous driving, off-road capabilities, and a high level of comfort.

The trims will vary in terms of performance, motors, and battery. Maybe the appearance will slightly differ too. Other than that, Rivian will try to keep the r1T as loaded as possible to cope up with the rivals. As it will be an electric vehicle, the maintenance will be fairly cheap as it is all motor and battery in the name of powertrain accompanied by electrical systems.

Is buying a used Rivain R1T Electric Pickup Truck a good idea?

As the Rivain R1T is an all-new vehicle, there's no chance of used vehicles. However, you can wait for at least 6-12 months to get a Rivain R1T Electric listed on the used car market. Generally, people prefer buying new electric vehicles to get the best out of their motors and battery. It is better to get a new one or a less used one to make it work for you as you desire.

2021 Rivian R1T electric Engine and Performance

9.2/10

The Rivian R1T will be powered by a quad-motor setup that will power each wheel individually to give you the best experience of an electric pickup/off-roader. The motors are supposed to deliver a maximum 750 hp with a torque output of up to 839 lb-ft. 

It means Rivian will offer less powered trim too. A massive battery whose capacity will start from 105 kWh and will go up to 180 kWh will power the motors. For off-road, there's an all-wheel-drive system standard with the Rivain R1T.

Models

2021 Rivian R1T

2021 Tesla Cybertruck

2021 GMC Hummer EV

2021 Nikola Badger

MSRP

$69,000

$69,900

$69,995

$60,000

Engine

Quad-Motor setup

Tri-Motor setup

Dual-Motor setup

Quad-Motor setup

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD 

AWD

IWD

Power 

Upto 750 hp

Upto 690 hp

Upto 1,000 hp

Upto 906 hp

Torque 

Upto 829 lb-ft

Upto 824 lb-ft

Upto 11,500 lb-ft

Upto 980 lb-ft

All the trucks have similar initial pricing. The prices are directly proportional to the power output. Rivian and Nikola offer a quad-motor setup where Tesla has a tri-motor and Hummer offers a dual-motor setup. Off-road capabilities are standard with AWD systems where Nikola uses a unique independent wheel drive system. 

GMC Hummer EV will offer the maximum power of 1,000 hp followed by Nikola Badger with its 906 hp and later the Rivian with its 750 hp. The torque output is great on all the trucks were GMC Hummer EV offers a crazy unbelievable torque of 11,500 lb-ft. 

2021 Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Acceleration and Braking Performance

The Rivian R1T is a powerful pickup truck. Even though it is electric, it ain't humble. The quad-motor setup that can output up to 750hp of peak power, allows it to do a 0-60 MPH in just 3.0 seconds, isn't that crazy or what. With that 0-60 MPH run, we can expect the Rivian to do a quarter-mile somewhere close to 10.0 seconds.

2021 Rivian R1T hts 0-60 mph just in 3 sec

With amazing power and torque output, the Rivian can do wonders on and off the road. The motors can push the 750hp beast toward a top speed of 125 MPH. In terms of braking, we don't know much about the brakes and the ABS setup.

Models

2021 Rivian R1T

2021 Tesla Cybertruck

2021 GMC Hummer EV

2021 Nikola Badger

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3 seconds

2.9 seconds

3 seconds

2.9 seconds

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

9.0-10.0 seconds

9.5 seconds

9.0-10.0 seconds

9.2 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

125 mph

120 mph

130 mph

120 mph

60-0 MPH (feet)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Surprisingly, all the trucks offer similar performance figures. Tesla and Nikola are a bit similar in terms of performance and on the other hand we have Rivian and Hummer with similar performance. Still, GMC Hummer EV is expected to do 130 MPH of maximum speed. Even with less power, the Rivian R1T stays neck to neck with the GMC Hummer EV.

2021 Rivian R1T electric Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Rivian has said that the R1T will offer a maximum mile range of 400 miles. There are 3 battery capacities, thus the mile range will vary with each one. It is clear that the 180kwh battery will get you close to 400 miles of range. The other two will offer a slightly lower mile range

Models

2021 Rivian R1T

2021 Tesla Cybertruck

2021 GMC Hummer EV

2021 Nikola Badger

Range

Upto 400 miles

Upto 500 miles

Upto 350 miles

Upto 600 miles

Battery pack

(kWh)

105/135/180

200.0

Upto 200.0

160.0

Rivian R1T offers a good enough range of up to 400 miles and three battery options. The Tesla Cybertruck has a better range and a bigger battery capacity. 

The GMC Hummer EV gets a 200 kWh battery, still offers just 350 miles of max. range. Nikola Badger offers an amazing 600 miles of range as a 160 kWh battery is accompanied by hydrogen fuel.

2021 Rivian R1T electric Interior

9.9/10

Rivian R1T gets a massive cabin that offers a good amount of space and practicality. The design is sporty and equally rugged so that you live your life to the fullest with the R1T. We have 5 person seating capacity and enormous storage space for our stuff. Rivian has used premium materials to carve out this appealing interior so that you don't feel any discomfort or cheapness.

2021 Rivian R1T seating layout

The massive seats offer power adjustments and a beautiful design. The seating position looks promising and the wide windshield offers a great frontal view. Other than that we have plenty of practical storage space that surrounds the whole interior.

The all-digital dashboard looks unique and advanced and might become the best in class offerings. We have separate displays for instrument clusters and infotainment. The overall interior of the Rivian R1T is really amazing, Rivain has actually nailed it 

Models

2021 Rivian R1T

2021 Tesla Cybertruck

2021 GMC Hummer EV

2021 Nikola Badger

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Rear row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The trucks are good enough for 5 people. There's plenty of storage space inside and the seats are wide. Unfortunately, we don't have the exact passenger room figures. 

Still, we can keep the hopes high as the cabin does look huge. The front trunk offers 11.1 cubic feet of storage. Plus we have hidden storage behind the cabin with up to 12 cubic feet of space. 

How's the 2021 Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck's infotainment system?

The Rivian R1T is a next-level electric truck. With semi-autonomous driving, the truck is really advanced. That's why Rivian offers massive displays for your info as well as entertainment. The Infotainment display looks as huge as 12.0 inches. 

2021 Rivian R1T dashboard

With that, we'll get a navigation system for our travel and tours. The infotainment will offer Apple car play and Android auto for your devices. We'll have the Bluetooth and USB audio connectivity for your music. 

We can expect a SiriusXM subscription with the infotainment. Internet connectivity will be provided surely. For your music, you can expect a premium sound system with surround speakers. The dynamic display will also act as a parking display and a semi-autonomous display.

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2021 Rivian R1T electric Exterior

9.9/10

Rivian R1T looks phenomenal as the exterior design is really advanced. We have a unique front fascia covered with a LED setup that acts as a huge charging indicator. The design looks sleek as there's no unnecessary curves and design. The road presence of the R1T will be great as it has a massive ground clearance with huge tires.

2021 Rivian R1T three quarter view

The muscular design will lure you towards the truck as the Rivain looks one of a kind. The black bumpers with silver treatment look good. You can see sporty brake calipers through those beautiful all-black alloy wheels. 

The body-colored door handles are embedded inside the doors to give a plain side appearance. At the rear, we have a long taillight that covers the whole cargo door followed by Rivian badging at the center.

Models

2021 Rivian R1T

2021 Tesla Cybertruck

2021 GMC Hummer EV

2021 Nikola Badger

Curb weight (lbs)

5,886

6,000-6,500

6,500-7,000

5,500-6,000

Length (inches)

217.1

232

216.8

231.8

Width (inches)

79.3

79.8

86.7

85.8 

Height (inches)

71.5

75.0

81.1

73.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

14.5

16.0

10.1

16.0

Wheelbase (inches)

135.8

149.9

135.6

N/A

GMC Hummer EV is going to be the biggest and the heaviest of all. The Rivian R1T isn't that heavy. Also, it is the most compact in terms of dimensions. Although, we have an amazing 14.5 inches of ground clearance for off-roading. 

The wheelbase on both Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV is somehow similar. Tesla and Nikola, both the trucks offer a 16 inch of ground clearance. Rivian R1T looks the best as it has the ideal size for a pickup truck.

2021 Rivian R1T exterior images
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2021 Rivian R1T electric Safety

9.0/10

Rivain R1T is a revolutionary machine. It is obvious that it is packed with advanced safety features to keep you intact. First of all, Rivian R1T is designed in a manner so that it delivers performance up to its maximum potential without losing track. There are advanced dynamics behind the design of the R1T to promote driving over any terrain. 

There will be cameras and safety systems that will work through sensors as it is a semi-autonomous truck. You'll get proper active and passive safety features. The structural design looks promising and will definitely provide strength to the vehicle. 

The rigid chassis will hold the whole truck together in the best way possible. As we haven't heard the exact safety features, we can only assume. 

2021 Rivian R1T electric Competition

2021 Rivian R1T vs 2021 Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla is a next-level brand that makes one of the most advanced vehicles which offer automated driving and a unique experience. Cybertruck is a unique approach to Tesla towards the pickup truck segment. 

2021 Tesla Cybertruck

However, the Cybertruck isn't as capable as the Rivian R1T. It offers unibody structure and unbreakable glass but the trucks are considered for their utility, performance, and practical design as well.

2021 Rivian R1T vs 2021 GMC Hummer EV

GMC Hummer EV is another massive vehicle by GMC. It has its own reputation in the market. Shifting to the electric vehicle wasn't a bad idea for hummer as it could get a better response than ever. 

2021 GMC Hummer EV

On the other hand, the less powered Rivian R1T matches the capabilities of the GMC Hummer EV. GMC Hummer EV might be capable and huge but pickup truck owners shift towards practicality.

2021 Rivian R1T vs 2021 Nikola Badger

Just like Rivian, Nikola is also a new entry in the pick-up truck segment. Both of the companies are offering exceptional features and performance. The Nikola Badger is a fierce rival for the Rivian R1T. 

2021 Nikola Badger

Also, Nikola Badger sounds much advanced. But in terms of overall capabilities and performance, Rivian R1T looks better than anything in this price range.

2021 Rivian R1T electric Final Verdict

We saw how the Rivian R1T stacked up against many experienced rivals and proved its worth. The R1T is advanced in every way. There's plenty of features that make it undesirable. The simple design with modern touches makes the Rivian R1T special. The quad-motor system will power each wheel individually to provide maximum torque and traction as per requirement. 

There's advanced semi-autonomous driving that will make it easier to drive the pickup on the long routes. You have different battery capacity options to choose from. A 400-mile range is good enough that will cost you just $22. The overall design is really amazing. The interior looks premium and advanced to provide you maximum comfort as well as ease in driving.

The price starts from $69,000 which is smart as you'll get incentives and tax credits on your electric vehicle. When new brands launch something, people hesitate but it is a matter of time that this one becomes a big deal. You have everything onboard for an adventure with the Rivian R1T, so what stops you.

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