New from the LA show: Rivian R1S electric SUV

Last Updated: December 4, 2018By Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The Rivian R1S electric crossover was shown at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

The R1S is built upon the same architecture as the R1T, but foregoes the long loadbed to squeeze in three rows of seats. So you can seat seven and, intriguingly, Rivian has used some wipe-clean floors and materials. So you can hose out the passenger compartment in case your kids have trampled half the garden in.

The interior boasts the usual spaciousness of an electric car: the chassis has been designed from scratch to be roomy and there are numerous cubbies and storage holes for the detritus of family life. 


Rivian R1S SUV, The Verge

Range of the Rivian R1S?

Like the truck, the SUV is based on the flexible skateboard platform, which packages batteries of different capacities. Pick from 135kWh or a whopping 180kWh at launch, and a more affordable 105kWh version will be launched within six months.

Packing in a lot of battery cells is the secret to the 400-mile range. These are seriously capacious batteries – consider that the biggest Tesla today has 100kWh.

Performance will be just as rapid as the pick-up truck; 0-60mph takes a claimed three seconds and each wheel has its own motor.

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