The 2023 Rivian R1T is now not so likely to happen. A concept that used to be the biggest threat to the Tesla’s supremacy in the electric automotive world, is still very futuristic. But, lack of interest in investment is what makes everyone suspicious about the production. Well, the platform looked promising. We even had info that Ford is willing to take it as the base for the future EVs. Now, the R1T electric truck is old concept, while the new ideas are coming out every season.
A few sources reported the R1T pickup is delayed again, and it should show up as the 2023 YM. Since this is not the first time, we have all rights to doubt. According to CNET, the company had problems with paperwork. The company announced that there are more than 55,000 pre-orders. Each one cost $1,000. Those enthusiasts are annoyed with delays. Everyone has sense about the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is not an excuse for the truck not showing up for 5 years since the premiere.
2023 Rivian R1T Specs
Let’s check out what does the 2023 Rivian R1T bring. The powertrain is an all-electric system with motor for each wheel. Total outputs of drivetrains on front wheels are 415 hp and 413 lb-ft, while those at the rear axle can provide 420 hp and 495 pound-feet. We still don’t have the combined outputs. But, engineers made clear that the truck is going to speed up to 60 mph in just 3 seconds.
The range will start from 230 miles if you chose 105 kWh battery. A mid-range model is going to cover 315 miles thanks to a larger electric motor of 135 kWh. The top of the line version uses a 180 kWh battery and goes 400 miles between recharging. Rivian plans to add more batteries to the bed, to extend the range.
When Will 2023 Rivian R1T Be Available?
The company started the production of the vehicle, but it won’t be out until 2023. Also, we haven’t seen any premiere or the test mule on road. Back in 2018, the prototype was very impressive. We hope that the company will keep the highest standards for the 2023 Rivian R1T. Interesting, Motor Trend awarded this pickup as the truck of the last year.
The price is going to be off the limits for many truckers. The base MSRP should start at $67,500. Tesla is selling Cybertruck for $40,000. For such a difference in price, Rivian must offer something spectacular. Plus, Ford is also selling F-150 Lightning for $42,000. There are more rivals than four years ago, when the R1T appeared for the first time.
Pros and Cons
The 2023 Rivian R1T will be refreshment on the market. Well, every electric truck adds something new. On the other hand, truckers are still keener on the conventional configurations. Nevertheless, in the foreseeable future, companies will stop using diesel engines first, and then electric models will replace petrol configurations. The R1T has everything, but the price is a bit higher than enthusiasts would like to see.