Rivian's R1T Electric Pickup Truck Tested by TFL Studios: Insights and Future Considerations

Rivian's R1T Electric Pickup Truck Tested by TFL Studios: Insights and Future Considerations
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Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck has recently been tested by TFL Studios, a popular YouTube channel for hard core ICE truck enthusiasts. The test was part of their 'World's Toughest Towing Test' and involved towing a 2000 lb teardrop trailer. Despite the impressive 11,000 lbs maximum towing capacity of the R1T, it is unclear why such a small trailer was chosen for this particular test.

The results were interesting in that the Tesla Model S was able to travel farther than the R1T while towing. However, it would have been more useful to compare range reductions for each vehicle as well as calculate the average speed and MPG. This would have provided valuable insight into how the R1T performs under real-world conditions.

It should be noted that Rivian had equipped their EV with HD Radio technology, which provides cleaner sound quality than AM radio but with less range. It is also possible to check if your favorite AM stations are available on TuneIn, an app with built-in streaming capabilities. Additionally, Tesla needed to shield its motor and cabling to minimize electromagnetic interference in order to include AM radio on the Model S.  

Overall, it appears that TFL Studios’ testing of Rivian’s R1T electric pickup truck could have been more comprehensive in order to provide viewers with meaningful insights about the performance of the vehicle. While they did manage to demonstrate that the Tesla Model S can travel farther than the R1T while towing, further testing is necessary to truly understand how this EV behaves under different conditions.

In the future, it would be beneficial for TFL Studios to conduct more thorough testing of EVs in order to provide viewers with a better understanding of their capabilities. This could include tests such as range reduction while towing, average speed and MPG calculations, and comparisons between different models. Additionally, they should consider including information about HD Radio technology and TuneIn app streaming capabilities when discussing audio options on electric vehicles.

What is TFL Studios?

TFL Studios is a popular YouTube channel for hard core ICE truck enthusiasts. They recently created a whole new channel devoted to EV trucks and they finally got their hands on an R1T.

What did TFL Studios do with the R1T?

They posted a walkaround video and are planning to test the R1T on their 'World's Toughest Towing Test'.

Is there an AM radio in the R1T?

You’ll be hard pressed to find an EV with AM radio. The EV power train electronics interfere with AM reception, but you could check if your favorite AM stations also broadcast on a HD Radio subcarrier -- many do. Rivian has HD Radio, and it sounds soooo much better than AM, too.

What was the point of the TFL Studios' range reduction test?

The point of the range reduction test was to compare the range reductions for each vehicle and calculate the comparable MPG. It would have been way more helpful to have least towed with 50% of the rated towing capacity.

What did the TFL Studios' towing test involve?

The TFL Studios' towing test involved towing a trailer with a combined weight of 8,000 lbs. They tested the R1T against a Ford F-150 and a Ram 1500.

How did the R1T perform in the towing test?

The R1T performed surprisingly well in the towing test. It was able to maintain its speed on hills and even accelerate when needed. It also had the best range reduction of all three vehicles, losing only 18% of its range while towing.

What other tests did TFL Studios do with the R1T?

In addition to the towing test, TFL Studios also tested the acceleration, braking, off-road capabilities, and charging times of the R1T. They also tested the interior features such as the infotainment system and driver assistance systems.

What were some of their conclusions about the R1T?

After testing the R1T, TFL Studios concluded that it is an impressive vehicle with great performance and features. They found that it is capable of handling tough terrain and can tow heavy loads without sacrificing too much range. They also found that it has a great infotainment system and driver assistance features.