Explore the Rivian R1S 135Kwh Battery Pack Today while You Wait for the Longer-Range Max Version

Explore the Rivian R1S 135Kwh Battery Pack Today while You Wait for the Longer-Range Max Version
Rivian R1S, R1T with Max-Range 400+-Mile Battery Delayed to 2023

Rivian's R1S is a highly anticipated electric SUV, but customers have been disappointed to find that it will not be available with the same 180Kwh battery pack fitted to the R1T. Rivian has gone silent on the topic and customer service can only say that the longer-range R1S battery is still undergoing certification and EPA testing. It seems unlikely that an R1S Max Battery Pack will be available before 2024 due to space constraints and production delays.

The R1T has a longer wheelbase than the R1S, making it difficult to fit the larger battery pack into the smaller vehicle. Furthermore, the third row in the SUV likely takes up additional space which could have been used for more battery capacity. Customers are also frustrated by the lack of information regarding estimated range or battery capacity for the vehicle, as well as cost for the larger battery.

Rumors started early last year that Rivian was having difficulties fitting the larger battery into the R1S and speculation arose that the 7 seater would not be available with this option. However, Rivian denied these rumors and stated that they were still developing this configuration. Unfortunately, inquiries with customer service over the past months reveal that there may not be an announcement until early 2022 at best.

It appears that Rivian no longer uses the term "Max" when referring to their larger battery packs, suggesting that even if one is made available for the R1S, its range may differ from what is offered in the R1T. This lack of clarity makes it difficult for potential customers to make informed decisions about their purchase. Hopefully Rivian will soon provide further details so customers can decide whether or not to wait for a longer range version of the R1S.

In the meantime, customers can still purchase an R1S with a 135Kwh battery pack. This option offers up to 300 miles of range and is available now for pre-order. The smaller battery also has the advantage of being lighter than its larger counterpart, resulting in improved performance and handling characteristics.

It's understandable that Rivian wants to ensure their vehicles are safe before releasing them into the market but it would be nice if they could provide more information about their plans for a longer range version of the R1S sooner rather than later. Until then, potential buyers will have to decide whether or not they want to wait until 2022 or take advantage of what is currently available on offer from Rivian today.

What is the battery capacity of the R1S?

The R1S will not be available with the same 180Kwh battery pack fitted to the R1T due to space/size constraints. Rivian has not provided any insight into when the longer-range R1S battery will be available as it's still undergoing certification and EPA testing.

Is there an official confirmation that the larger battery pack won't be available for the 7 seat version?

There have been rumors starting early last year that Rivian was having difficulties fitting the larger battery into the R1S, and speculation that the larger battery wouldn't be available for the 7 seat version because of that, but then Rivian said that wasn't so and that the 7 seater would be available with the larger battery pack. All these rumors have been cited many times, but no official confirmation has been given yet.

When will the Max Battery Pack be available for the R1S?

Rivian Customer Service has stated that there would be an "announcement" late in 2021 or early 2022 regarding availability of the Max Battery Pack for the R1S. However, in recent months they have stopped using the term "Max" in conjunction with inquiries about a larger battery for the R1S, suggesting that range of the R1S may not be the same as that for the R1T. It is unclear when exactly this configuration will become available.

What is the expected range of the R1S with the larger battery pack?

Rivian has not released any official information regarding the expected range of the R1S with the larger battery pack. However, some reports suggest that it may be around 400 miles, which would be a significant improvement over the current range of 230 miles. It is important to note that this is only speculation and should not be taken as fact until an official announcement is made.