Rivian Prioritizing R1S Manufacturing Over R1T: Extra Demand For SUV

Rivian will look to prioritize manufacturing of its electrical SUV, the R1S, within the second half of 2023. Talking on the World Auto Business Convention, Rivian CFO Claire McDonough defined that demand for the startup’s autos stays sturdy regardless of rising financial uncertainty. McDonough additionally said that the R1S would be the agency’s most-produced automobile in Q2 2023, with the SUV now accounting for roughly 70% of buyer demand.

Given the R1S shares a lot in frequent with the R1T, manufacturing is straightforward to ramp up with little to no bottlenecks. At the moment, three variations of the R1S could be ordered – Twin-Motor All-Wheel Drive, Efficiency Twin-Motor AWD, and Quad-Motor AWD.

The entry-level Twin-Motor AWD R1S has a spread of between 260 and 390 miles relying on what battery you spec. It additionally produces 600 horsepower and may dash from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds.

In the meantime, the Efficiency variant provides one other 100 hp and lowers the 0-60 time to three.5 seconds. The highest-of-the-line Quad-Motor AWD R1S produces 835 hp and may launch from 0-60 in simply 3 seconds. It additionally has an EPA vary of 321 miles – a powerful determine given how briskly it’s. All variations of the R1S can tow as much as 7,700 lbs (3,492 kg).

McDonough additionally touched on Rivian’s upcoming R2 fashions. The R2 collection will likely be revealed in full subsequent 12 months with costs starting from $40,000 to $60,000. Though unconfirmed, the R2 lineup is predicted to include a crossover and Ford Maverick-sized pickup truck. When quizzed on Ford and GM’s choice to companion with Tesla and swap to NACS, McDonough stated that Rivian stays open to partnerships and is worked up to see extra EV homeowners have entry to quick charging.