Rivian might have pushed Tesla to the back seat at this year’s LA Auto Show by unleashing two of its benchmark monikers R1T and R1S. While we reported about the future-proof R1T earlier, the company’s SUV offering underpinning the same platform gathered an equal number of eyeballs.
While a head-on comparison with Tesla’s Model 3 won’t be justified as of now, we can see that Rivian has chosen a rather traditional boxy model with sharp finished edges compared to Tesla’s curvy exteriors. Rivian aims to start the deliveries of the R1T by 2020 and the R1S in the following year.
Underpinning both the R1T and the R1S is a flat, skateboard-style platform that features the battery on the floor of the car along with a pair of electric motors at each axle. Rivian has confirmed that the SUV will be offered in three battery options including a 105, 135 and 180kWh, respectively. Meanwhile, we also expect two larger options at launch with the 135-kWh battery estimated to deliver a range of over 500km and the 180-kWh battery a range of over 660km in the R1S.
Calling for similar output figures for both the models, the R1S and the R1T both clocks its maximum power at 750bhp and 1111Nm of torque. The car is capable of touching triple-digit speeds in about three seconds; something that we usually witness in supercars indeed. Charging from nought to 80 per cent takes place in 50 minutes on a DC fast charger.