Electric-vehicle (EV) startup company Rivian will be first to market with a modern, all-electric pickup truck when deliveries of its R1T start for the 2022 model year. Based in Irvine, California, Rivian has financial backing from Ford Motor Company and Amazon. The company assembles the R1T crew-cab pickup at its manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois. Rivian also plans to start production of its second model, an SUV called the R1S.
Both Rivian models use skateboard-type platform architecture that houses the suspension, battery pack, and four electric motors—one for each wheel. Software manages the traction at each wheel, so the vehicles don’t have a conventional transmission or differentials. An adjustable air suspension and unusually high ground clearance provide impressive off-road capability, and Rivian has also promised big tow ratings.