Upgrading to Rivian's R1S Large Pack - Is it Worth the Extra $6k?
The R1S Standard Pack and Large Pack are both offered on the Rivian website. The Standard Pack claims to give 260+ miles of range while the Large Pack claims to give 320+ miles of range, with an extra cost of $6,000. But is it worth it for the extra money?
For most owners, the Standard Pack should be enough if they don't drive long distances often or plan on towing anything with their R1S. It all depends on how much driving you do and what your needs are. If you need that peace of mind and want to avoid taking a hit in mileage in colder weather, then the larger pack might be worth looking into.
The Tesla Cybertruck also claims to have 500+ miles of range at a lower price than the Rivian R1S Explore with Large Pack. However, there are some reasons why the $6k upgrade may be worth it. For instance, no one ever said they wished they got the smaller battery; having more range provides piece of mind for rare or occasional road trips; and investing in more range can mean less worries about charging infrastructure in the future.
It's unlikely that Tesla will keep the pre-order pricing with a trim giving 500+ miles range; however, they may allow customers to change configurations at initial pricing levels without penalty. This could be beneficial for those who prefer an SUV over a pickup but still need the added range of the Max pack.
In conclusion, whether or not it's worth spending an additional $6,000 for the larger pack really comes down to how much driving you do and what your needs are. If you don't drive many long distances or tow anything, then the standard pack should suffice; however, if you're planning on doing either of these things, then it might be wise to invest in more range.
Is it worth it to pay the extra $6,000 for the Large Pack on the R1S?
It depends on how much driving you do and if you plan on towing anything with your R1S. If you don't drive a lot in a day or go on many long trips or tow anything then the standard pack should do the job. However, if you do a lot of driving and/or want that peace of mind then you might want to look at the larger pack.
What are some reasons to pay the extra $6,000 for more mileage?
1. No one ever said I wish I got the smaller battery 2. Piece of mind for the rare or occasional road trips 3. Less worries taking a hit in mileage in colder weather 4. $6k more on an auto loan equals “about” $120/month more on the car paymentWithout knowing what the charging infrastructure will be like in ~2 yrs, I feel more comfortable putting my money there.
Is there any debate between Rivian R1S Explore w/ Large Pack and Tesla Cybertruck?
There is no debate yet; it is extremely unlikely that the cybertruck, even if whatever spec/trim level does in fact have 500+ mile range, will cost less than the large pack R1S.
If Tesla does honor the pre-order pricing, will they also allow you to change configuration at the initial pricing level without penalty?
It is not clear whether Tesla will allow you to change configuration at the initial pricing level without penalty. However, Tesla has a history of honoring pre-order pricing and allowing customers to make changes to their orders without penalty. Therefore, it is likely that they will honor the pre-order pricing and allow you to change configuration at the initial pricing level without penalty.