- On Friday, Rivian revealed new details about its R1T truck that’s set to hit the streets this summer.
- The startup gave a more in-depth look at the truck’s bed, storage compartments, and overall sizing.
- The R1T has a built-in air compressor and an under-bed storage area that can be used as a cooler.
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With billions in funding and a factory already churning out battery-powered vehicles, startup carmaker Rivian is widely considered one of the best-suited firms to take on Tesla.
And although we’ve known a lot about Rivian’s upcoming pickup and SUV for some time, the company has left some of the vehicles’ finer points a mystery.
On Friday, the Amazon-backed startup released some specifics about the R1T’s exterior and other features as it gears up to deliver its first vehicles to waiting customers.
Rivian has never said precisely how big the R1T is – but now it says the truck falls somewhere between a mid-size and a full-size pickup. It’s 217 inches long and around 72 inches tall, making it slightly longer and taller than a Toyota Tacoma and a good bit smaller than a Toyota Tundra. The R1T sits wider than both trucks, however.
The startup also gave a more detailed look at the truck’s various storage compartments.
The front trunk can fit two full-sized coolers and has 12-volt plugs, Rivian said. The vehicle’s unique “gear tunnel” – a horizontal storage space that can be accessed from either side of the vehicle – is 65 inches long and comes equipped with both 110-volt and 12-volt plugs. Both compartments can be opened through an app, a key fob, or exterior buttons on the vehicle.
There are two 110-volt outlets in the bed, where Rivian also stuck two LED lights and an integrated air compressor. The bed measures 54 inches long and 83.6 inches long, with the tailgate folded down. Not surprisingly, the tailgate can be opened through an app.
A locking storage unit under the bed houses a full-size spare tire. The compartment also has a drain hole so customers can fill it with ice and use it as a cooler.
Rivian plans to deliver the first R1T trucks to customers in June and says it will release more details about both the R1T and R1S in the near future.