In the second half of 2023, Rivian plans to give priority to manufacturing its R1S electric SUV. Despite rising economic uncertainties, demand for Rivian vehicles remains high, according to Rivian CFO Claire McDonough, who spoke at the Global Auto Industry Conference. McDonough said that the R1S SUV, which currently accounts for over 70% of customer demand, will be the company’s most-produced vehicle in Q2 2023.
Since the R1S is so similar to the R1T, increasing production is straightforward and encounters few obstacles. The R1S can be purchased in one of three different AWD configurations right now: standard Dual-Motor, Performance Dual-Motor, or both.
Depending on the battery option, the base model Dual-Motor AWD R1S can travel between 260 and 390 miles. It can go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 4.5 seconds and generate 600 horsepower.
Rivian R1S: The Future of Electric SUVs
The Performance trim, meanwhile, has an extra hundred horsepower and a zero to sixty time of 3.5 seconds. The top-tier Quad-Motor AWD R1S generates 835 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 3 seconds. Given its speed, the 321-mile EPA-estimated range is very impressive. All R1S models have a maximum towing capacity of 3,492 kilograms (7,700 pounds).
McDonough also spoke briefly about the R2 models to be released by Rivian. Prices for the R2 series, which will start at $40,000 and go up to $60,000, will be announced in full next year. The R2 lineup is speculated to include a crossover and a pickup truck roughly the size of a Ford Maverick. When asked about Ford and GM’s choice to work with Tesla and use NACS, McDonough indicated that Rivian is still interested in working with other companies to expand fast-charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Rivian has said that it is prioritizing the R1S because there is more demand for SUVs than for pickup trucks. SUVs are more popular with families and with people who live in urban areas. Additionally, SUVs are more versatile than pickup trucks, as they can be used for both off-road and on-road driving.
The R1S and the R1T are both electric SUVs, but they have some key differences. The R1S is larger and has more cargo space than the R1T. It also has a third row of seats, making it more suitable for families. The R1T, on the other hand, has a more traditional pickup truck design. It has a longer bed and a higher payload capacity than the R1S.