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Watch the Rivian R1T Electric Truck Tear through the Desert

Autoweek logo Autoweek 3 days ago Jake Lingeman
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As far as electrified pickup trucks go, a bunch are expected to hit the market soon, including the 2021 Ford F-150 and the Nikola Badger. We're not betting against either of those, but we will put money on the used-to-be-Michigan-based Rivian and its R1T battery-powered truck. The company uploaded four videos over the weekend of its new truck pounding sand, dirt and rocks while testing in the desert.

The first video, above, is the Rivian doing a multitude of tests in Arizona. It drifts around the dirt, launches from sand and crawls over some rocks. You know, normal truck stuff. It looks punishing, but this is just a daily occurrence when trying to bring a new pickup truck to market. As we know, the truck market is not only huge, but profitable, and important to many automakers. It's also not easy to gain a foothold, but Rivian's going to try.

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The next clip (they're really just shorter cuts of the first) is the Rivian R1T launching out of the dirt, and with four-wheel drive, 750 hp and 829 lb-ft of torque, it looks faster than most cars on dry pavement. Rivian claims a 0-60 mph time of three seconds flat.

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We move on to drifting next, and as you can guess with that kind of power, Mitsubishi Evo-like four-wheel slides are an easy task for the Rivian R1T. It looks right at home, even with the camouflage that's like little pictures of all the things you could do if you bought one.

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Finally, we get to see high-speed trail riding with the R1T, which looks to be cruising at a fast pace. We're used to Raptors and maybe the new Ram Rebel TRX doing this sort of thing. But a battery-loaded Rivian is a new one. Speaking of weight, we're wondering how much bounce this thing can take.

a truck parked on the side of a dirt field: The Michigan/California-based company lets us in on hot-weather testing procedures. © Rivian The Michigan/California-based company lets us in on hot-weather testing procedures.

We talked to a Rivian rep today who said that the R1T will go on sale next year. It was scheduled for late this year, but those plans were pushed due to the pandemic.

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