Get Reliable and Efficient Performance With Rivian's R1T Electric Pickup Truck

Get Reliable and Efficient Performance With Rivian's R1T Electric Pickup Truck
Rivian's first electric pickup truck, the $67,500 R1T, is MotorTrend's Truck of the Year

Making the decision to purchase a large pack of Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck was a smart move. With the 21-inch wheels, it will get close to the range it says it will in moderate temperature climates and with 300 miles of range, it is more than enough for most people. The extra range of 400 miles would be nice for those who tow regularly or travel long distances in colder climates, but beyond that, the extra range really isn't necessary.

For those who have already made their orders, they can look forward to taking delivery of their vehicles within 4 - 8 weeks. Those who have already taken delivery of their trucks are very happy with them and have no regrets. A 2200 mile road trip was done 5 days after picking up the truck and it went without any issues.

It was also a smart decision to make multiple orders if one wanted their truck sometime in the next two years. If the stars align perfectly, the new toy could be in the driveway by Christmas! It is understandable to feel frustrated with the wait for the Max Pack, but if one can live with the LR, then getting the vehicle while they can is absolutely the right decision. Rivian now seems to be moving toward offering the Max option only for the dual-motor R1T variant, so waiting another two or three years for one may be necessary.

When traveling on an electric vehicle, it is important to keep in mind that you run on 75% of battery when traveling. Charging to 100% takes a long time and discharging below 10% is bad for the battery. Rivian does well at 70 mph and OutOfSpec got 288 in run down test at 70 mph, but that's still another 12 miles out of the 225 to 213. If it's cold that's going to 130-110 miles. Add in rain, snow, headwinds and 500 miles is the range sweet spot.

For those who take trips often, charging to 100% before leaving home is recommended but between chargers just getting what is needed between 10% and 20% should suffice. Tesla had 310 same as Rivian and even with 15% battery/range loss and the 75% note above AND Tesla's 20 mile overstatement on range, one should be able to get around just fine.

The decision to pull the trigger on the Max Pack was a difficult one, but it was the right one. It is understandable to feel frustrated with the wait for the Max Pack, but if one can live with the LR, then getting the vehicle while they can is absolutely the right decision. The extra range of 400 miles would be nice for those who tow regularly or travel long distances in colder climates, but beyond that, the extra range really isn't necessary.

In conclusion, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck is an excellent choice for those looking for a reliable and efficient vehicle. With its 21-inch wheels and 300 miles of range, it is more than enough for most people. For those who take trips often, charging to 100% before leaving home is recommended but between chargers just getting what is needed between 10% and 20% should suffice. Pulling the trigger on the Max Pack may have been a difficult decision, but it was ultimately the right one.

What should I consider when deciding between the large pack and max pack?

The large pack is sufficient for most people, as it offers 300 miles of range. If you frequently tow or travel long distances in colder climates, the max pack may be more suitable. However, the extra range comes with a $10,000 price tag, so it's important to consider whether you will actually use it.

How can I maximize my range when traveling?

It is recommended to charge your battery up to 75% before traveling, as charging to 100% takes a long time. Additionally, try to keep your battery percentage between 10-20%, as discharging below 10% is bad for the battery.

Is it worth waiting for the Max Pack?

It depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you need the extra range offered by the Max Pack, it may be worth waiting for it. However, Rivian now seems to be moving toward offering the Max option only for the dual-motor R1T variant, so if you are looking for a quad R1T Max, it may not be available.

What other options do I have if I don't want to wait for the Max Pack?

You could consider buying a used Rivian vehicle with the Max Pack already installed. This would give you the extra range without having to wait for it. Additionally, you could look into aftermarket battery packs that can be installed in your Rivian vehicle. These are usually cheaper than the Max Pack, but may not offer as much range.