Rivian R1T Range: A Comprehensive Guide


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Range is always a giant factor to consider when looking to buy an electric car. Only being able to travel 150 miles versus getting 300 miles on one charge can make a big difference, especially seeing that it can take a few hours to get a full charge back in your electric car. If you are looking at the Rivian R1T it should be an important detail you should know.

What is the range of the Rivian R1T? The Rivian R1T, Rivian’s new electric truck, has an EPA estimated range of 314 miles. According to energy.gov, the median range of electric vehicles in 2020 was 250 miles. This means that the Rivian R1T does have a range that is above average. The R1T’s 314-mile range is provided with the biggest battery pack.

When it comes to the range of electric vehicles, it really comes down to the size of the battery. The bigger the battery the more energy you can store and the farther you can travel. Different electric cars have different designs that allow for different battery sizes. Rivian has a special design, one that is almost like a “skateboard”, that allows the batteries to run across the base of the car. Even though battery size is a big factor, things like weight and efficiency of other car components can have an influence on the mileage of these vehicles as well. Let’s look at the options and facts when it comes to the mileage of the R1T.

The Total Range Of Each Trim Level

There are three trim levels available for the R1T. The Explore package is your base trim level and starts at $67,500. There is also the Adventure Edition and the Launch Edition available for purchase (the reservations for the Launch Edition, as of recently, are actually full so only the Adventure Edition of the Explore Edition are available for purchase). Rivian has three battery sizes that will be options for the vehicle according to motortrend.com. The battery pack sizes available will be 105 kWh, 135 kWh, and 180kWh. 

For all three trim levels, the large battery pack actually comes as standard. The larger battery pack is the one that offers an estimated range of 314 miles. Rivian has posted on their website that there is a projected 400+ mile Max pack that they are working on available for purchase.

After the launch of their vehicles, Rivian says that there will be a smaller 250+ mile pack that you can choose to have though any of the packs cannot be switched out after they are installed. The smaller 105 kWh will have a range of about 230 miles, probably what Rivian is advertising as the 250+ mile battery pack. The standard large battery pack is the 135 kWh battery pack. The 400+ battery pack will be the very large 180 kWh battery pack. 

Range Anxiety Of Potential Customers

As I mentioned early, a big factor that people consider when buying electric cars is the range of that car. The range of electric cars is actually the reason a lot of people hesitate to buy an electric car. The fear of running out of charge and getting stranded along the side of some lonely road actually has a term that people use called “range anxiety”. This is a real fear for some people who are thinking about buying electric cars.

And maybe these people have a good reason to be concerned. Electric cars are becoming more and more popular and more and more gas stations are installing electric charging stations but they are still not a super widespread thing. In addition to this fear, it can be a pain to tow your electric car. Most electric car manufacturers actually suggest that you flatbed tow their electric cars, so it can be difficult and very expensive to find a flatbed tow truck if you are far away from any big cities. 

The safest way to avoid this is just to make sure that there are frequent enough stops where you can recharge your vehicle. Some vehicles even have solar panels available to help charge your car; though the R1T doesn’t offer this option and this usually gives your car very minimal charge. If you are making sure to plug in the R1T every night before driving it the next day there should be no worries about running out of charge on doing things like running errands or going to work. 

Rivian is continuing to work on fast superchargers to help their customers have the convenience of quick charging wherever they go. There have been announcements of plans to have Level 2 quick chargers installed in places like Alaska. Even Hawaii will be getting a network of Rivian chargers. These chargers are mainly being handled through other electric charger companies but should be used exclusively for Rivian customers. 

How Long Does It Take To Charge?

According to evcompare.io, the absolute best case scenario is that you can fully charge your 180 kWh battery R1T in 168 minutes which is almost three hours. A lot of factors go into how fast your R1T is going to take to charge. The leading factor is what kind of charger or outlet you are using to charge your car. If you were to use just a regular 120V home outlet and your car had zero charge, then it would take almost three days to fully charge your car. Most at-home electric car chargers you can install yourself and chargers that are at gas stations will charge faster than that. 

Rivian’s cars come standard with chargers that you can plug into just the regular 120V outlets and also come with 240V chargers that you can plug into a 240V outlet. 240V outlets can also usually be found at RV grounds and campsites. If you use a 240V charger, you should be able to add about 16 miles to your car’s range per hour of charging. By 2023 Rivian plans to have 3,500 DC fast chargers installed in the U.S. and Canada via motortrend.com. In only 20 minutes, these super fast chargers will have the ability to add 140 miles worth of charge. 

Expected Range Of Future Models

While Rivian has not specified the projected range of future models, we can easily make some predictions. What we do know is that Rivian has the development of a longer range for its vehicles high on their to-do list. Rivian has made plans to expand its currently owned manufacturing plants to include sites to build and develop batteries for their vehicles. Rivian has put a high priority on developing new technology and batteries that will improve their vehicles.

When we look at Rivian’s competition and plans for the future, Rivian will have no choice but to figure out how to improve the range of their vehicles. Tesla has said that their Cybertruck will have an estimated range of 500 miles. To me, that sounds absolutely insane seeing that the average electric car has a range of only 250 right now. To reach 500 miles you would need a BIG battery. GMC however actually has a vehicle that is confirmed to have a larger estimated range than the R1T. The GMC Hummer EV has an estimated range of 350 miles due to its massive 200 kWh battery. 

With this kind of competition, Rivian is going to be forced to continue to work hard to develop new technology to improve the range of its vehicles. Countless companies and people are working to develop new battery technology and when they do, I believe there will be an improved range of electric vehicles all across the board.

It isn’t known if Rivian will continue with its already designed battery design or work on developing a completely new system. Rivian has said that it has a 400+ mile battery pack in the works that would definitely keep it in the competition with other companies. For right now this 400+ miles battery pack seems to only be available for the R1T but it is very possible that with continued development that this option will be expanded to other models. 

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