Rivian R1T electric pickup announced

Planned Tesla pickup will face rival from new start-up

Rivian R1T

A new electric pickup truck from US startup Rivian was launched at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show, giving Elon Musk’s proposed Tesla pickup a rival before it has arrived.

Called the R1T, it’s a five-seater, 5.5-metre long pickup, available with three different battery sizes: 105, 135 and 180kWh, offering a range of between 230 and over 400 miles.

Acceleration from 0-60mph takes a claimed three seconds, despite the R1T’s significant 2.6-tonne weight. This is thanks to four electric motors developing the equivalent of 197bhp and an enormous 14,000Nm of torque.

As well as rapid acceleration, the four-motor setup also promises strong off-road capability – a key requirement for US pickup customers. Adjustable air suspension allows for a maximum ground clearance of 360mm and the R1T has a wading depth of a metre.

Rivian R1T

The Rivian R1T joins the Rivian R1S SUV and a proposed 'rally-car' hatchback in the US start-up's fledgling range.