Comparing the Rivian R1T Max Pack and Large Pack: Factors to Consider Before Deciding

Comparing the Rivian R1T Max Pack and Large Pack: Factors to Consider Before Deciding
Rivian R1S, R1T with Max-Range 400+-Mile Battery Delayed to 2023

The Rivian R1T is an electric pickup truck that has been gaining a lot of attention lately. The Max Pack option offers 33% more range than the Large Pack, but it comes at a cost: $10,000 extra and a wait time of up to 1.5 years. For those considering whether or not to get the Max Pack, there are several factors to consider.

Range is one of the most important considerations when deciding between the Max Pack and the Large Pack. While the advertised range for the Max Pack is 400 miles, real-world conditions may reduce this number to 350-375 miles. Furthermore, terrain changes on I75 north of Gaylord can have an impact on range as well as extreme weather in Michigan. Taking all these factors into account, it is unlikely that you would be able to make your 450 mile trip from Ann Arbor to Marquette in one charge with either pack.

In addition to range, cost should also be taken into consideration. The Max Pack costs $10,000 more than the Large Pack and may not be worth it if you don’t need the extra range. Also, since the Max Pack isn’t available yet, you won’t know when it will become available and waiting could be an uncertain prospect. If you switch to the Large Pack now, you could likely receive your R1T much sooner.

Finally, resale value should also be considered when making your decision. Anyone looking to tow or overland will likely be looking for a Max Pack once they start hitting the market. Additionally, having a locked in price at a significant discount compared to current orders will increase its market value down the line.

Overall, while both packs offer their own advantages and disadvantages, if you can afford it and can wait for it then getting the Max Pack might be worth it in the long run due to its increased range and potential resale value.

Should I wait for the Max Pack or get the Large Pack now?

It depends on your needs and budget. The Max Pack has 33% more range than the Large Pack, but it is not available yet and the price is $10,000 more. If you often travel from Ann Arbor to Marquette (450 miles), the Max Pack may be a better option as it could make it a one-stop trip. However, if you are looking for a quicker delivery, the Large Pack may be a better choice. Consider factors such as driving in Conserve Mode in the Lowest Setting, having 21" On Road tires with the least amount of rolling resistance, and potential extra load and wind drag from a bike rack or other loads when making your decision. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide which option best meets your needs.