2022 Rivian R1T: All the Details You Need

A detailed breakdown of the all-electric 2022R1T pickup from nascent EV automaker Rivian including trims, pricing, and range differences
Written by Scooter Doll
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Sep 2, 2022
The Rivian R1T
is the flagship model to debut under the nascent American automaker’s outdoors-centric EV brand. 
It will forever go down as the first electric pickup truck to reach the market, kicking off a slurry of other larger EV options from legacy automotive brands. Join
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as we dive into the details of this groundbreaking EV.
Rivian R1T at a glance:
  • Price: $73,000-$89,000
  • Range: 260-400+ miles
  • Availability: New reservations are expected to deliver in late 2023
  • Quick take: The R1T is as rugged as it is luxurious, and you could spend hours exploring all the intuitive features the pickup has to offer both inside and out.

What are the pros and cons of the 2022 Rivian R1T? 

Pro: Utility that’s tough to match

A major pro in any trim of the Rivian R1T is the amount of features and utility it provides its owners and their passengers. 
Not only is the R1T a luxury EV pickup, it has been built to also provide you everything you need while exploring the outdoors safely and comfortably. Here are just a few of the features you can expect to see:
  • 62 cubic feet of storage between the bed, front trunk, rear storage bin, under-seat compartments, center console and gear tunnel.
  • 14.5 inches of adjustable ride height.
  • Four 120V and three 12V outlets onboard
  • Built-in air compressor and lockable tonneau cover (available powered or manual)
  • Tailgate with a gooseneck hinge system that can extend the bed floor to 83.9 inches with the gate down
  • Removable Bluetooth speaker in the center console

Pro: Tons of available accessories to match a number of trips

Whether its mountain biking, camping, or tailgating, the Rivian R1T has a lot of features built-in. Furthermore, it has worked with a number of name-brand manufacturers to offer additional add-ons to make your EV even better. 
Add a removable camp kitchen to your gear tunnel that includes a two-burner induction cooktop, a 4-gallon water tank, pump, collapsible sink and spray faucet. Not to mention a drawer to securely store a full cookware set from Snow Peak.
For camping, Rivian has partnered with Yakima to provide 3-person roof tents so you can sleep on top of your truck, all thanks to Rivian’s Cargo Cross Bars which have been designed to fit multiple ports on the roof and are compatible with a broad range of mounts and gear.

Con: Limited availability, especially for higher range

Due to this high demand, global supply chain constraints, and a relatively slow ramp-up of production in Normal, IL, the Rivian R1T has a pretty long waitlist, especially if you haven’t already put in a reservation for one.
For example, R1T reservations made today are not expected to begin deliveries
until late 2023
.

How much does a Rivian R1T electric pickup cost?

The lowest-priced version of the Adventure trim currently starts at an MSRP of $73,000.
According to
Electrek
, the Rivian R1T currently qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit. It’s important to note however, that under the terms of the proposed Inflation Reduction Act, some versions of Rivian’s current EVs would no longer qualify because they surpass the $80,000 threshold for electric trucks and SUVs. 

Breaking down the range estimates and performance specs of Rivian’s flagship EV

To date, Rivian has been shipping out R1T trucks with the standard and large battery packs, but there is a third option on the way as well. Battery sizes vary from 105 kWh, to 135 kWh, and up to 185 kWh for the Max Pack.
Either trim of the R1T comes with two powertrain options as well–dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) or quad-motor AWD that includes a motor on each wheel for an extra $8,000. (Note: The standard battery pack is not available on R1T with quad-motor AWD).
There’s a lot of variety at your fingertips here, so we’ve broken it all out for you below and have also included range:
R1T Trim
Battery Size
Horsepower
Torque
Acceleration (0-60 mph)
Max Towing Capacity
EPA est. Range
Dual Motor (Standard Battery)
105 kWh
600 hp
600 ft-lbs
4 sec
TBD
260 miles
Dual Motor (Large Battery)
135 kWh
600 hp
600 ft-lbs
4 sec
TBD
320 miles
Quad Motor (Large Battery)
135 kWh
835 hp
908 ft-lbs
3 sec
11,000 lbs
314 miles
Dual Motor (Max Battery)
180 kWh
600 hp
600 ft-lbs
4 sec
TBD
400+ miles
Quad Motor (Max Battery)
180 kWh
835 hp
908 ft-lbs
3 sec
11,000 lbs
400+ miles

How long does it take to charge a Rivian R1T?

Thanks to its advanced EV platform, the Rivian R1T has the capability to charge at speeds up to 200 kW–some of the best speeds in the industry.
Additionally, the vehicle comes with Plug & Charge capabilities meaning your EV is already connected to a credit card, so when you approach a charger, you simply plug-in and you’re good to go.
Lastly, Rivian is implementing its own “Adventure Network” of DC fast chargers capable of delivering charge rates up to 200 kW and waypoint chargers that can offer 11.5 kW. 
Each R1T also comes with its own 18' portable charger designed to plug into a 240V outlet and gather up to 16 miles of charge per hour, or a few miles of charge per hour on a standard 120V outlet.
Here are some of the average charge speeds for the R1T, according to Rivian:
Type of Charger
Average Charge Time (10-80%)
Level 3 DC Fast Charger (DCFC) (350 kW charge rate)
1 hour
240V outlet (Level 2 AC)
13 hours
110V outlet (Level 1 AC)
73 hours

Only one trim, but plenty of room for add-ons

Below, we have provided further insight into each of the variations available on the lone Adventure trim available on the Rivian R1T. 
These differences in prices are mostly based upon what battery pack you choose, but be aware that there are tons of available customizations and upgrades for you to choose from when you configure your own electric pickup.
*Note—MSRPs may vary and do not include additional taxes, destination, or delivery fees.

Rivian R1T Adventure (Standard Pack)

  • Starting MSRP - $73,000
  • 21” road wheels and tires standard and vegan leather Black Mountain interior
  • LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, all glass panoramic roof, and The Rivian Elevation audio system by Meridian

Rivian R1T Adventure (Large Pack)

  • Starting MSRP - $79,000
  • Includes features above, plus more range (320+ miles)
  • Quad-motor powertrain available for additional $8,000

Rivian R1T Adventure (Max Pack)

  • Starting MSRP - $89,000
  • Includes features above, plus more range with Max Pack (400+ miles)
  • Quad-motor powertrain available for additional $8,000
There are plenty more customizations to choose from to ensure you have the ideal R1T delivered to you, so we recommend messing around with
Rivian’s visualizer
to build a custom EV pickup of your own.

What is the better version of the Rivian R1T?

Normally, we look at all the available trims for an EV, assess what each offers in terms of performance and additional features, and recommend the most bang for your buck. With the R1T however, we have to bow out due to its extensive customization potential and how easily its prices can vary.
For instance, the Adventure trim of the Rivian R1T starts at $73,000 which can already be pretty steep, but if you add quad-motors and the Large battery pack, you’re already paying an extra $14,000.
That’s not including additional customizations available such as wheels (design and size), exterior, or interior color(s). The modularity of the Rivian R1T is what makes it a truly unique and impressive EV. 
However, that same modularity makes it difficult to recommend a specific configuration because there are hundreds of possibilities to choose from depending on what you want.
While we don’t recommend a specific layout of the Rivian R1T, we do believe that even in its most standard stock form, it’s easily one of the best EV pickups on the market today, if not the best.

What makes this electric truck unique?

We touched upon this earlier, but in addition to the modular customization and use of every square inch of the Rivian R1T, it’s the additional features and add-ons that make it truly unique in the nascent pickup segment.
For example, the R1Tcomes with a proprietary steel core gear cable that you can loop through your belongings and lock into the bed of the truck. The cable can then be easily locked and unlocked with the vehicle itself. As an add on, you can buy an extended cable for an extra six feet of slack to secure larger items.
When you explore the cabin of the Rivian R1T, you’ll notice astute attention to detail and little features here and there that make it an awesome ride. Another example is the flashlight stowed in the driver’s side door, powered by a single battery cell that matches that of the EV’s battery pack.
The pickup also features eight different drive modes allowing drivers to adjust ride height, suspension, pedal response, all-wheel drive, and more.
The R1T's built-in flashlight.

How the Rivian R1T compares to its rivals

As we previously mentioned, the R1T kicked off the revolution of all electric pickups, but has since been joined by a number of current and developing competitors. In the US especially, the
Ford F-150 Lightning
and GMC Hummer EV Pickup are already on the market.
As a luxury EV pickup, the R1T’s starting MSRP of around $70,000 is more expensive than the second-most premium Lariat trim of the Ford F-150 Lightning which is currently priced at $67,474. The top-tier Premium trim of the Lightning starts at an MSRP of $90,874, but it’s not difficult to surpass that with the R1T if you add many of the performance features outlined above.
The GMC Hummer EV is slowly but surely rolling out in pickup form, and starts at a higher MSRP than the R1T. The sold-out Edition 1 Hummer EV started at an MSRP over $110,000 and will be followed by the EV³ˣ in fall of 2022 for $104,650. Even the lowest priced version of the GMC Hummer EV pickup is $84,650 and isn’t expected to arrive until spring of 2024. 
Looking ahead, there are plenty more electric pickups in the works, including an electrified version of the Chevy Silverado, the Endurance pickup from Lordstown Motors, and the Tesla Cybertruck.

The Rivian R1T changed the electric truck game and could be worth the wait

We are on the mere precipice of seeing widespread all-electric pickups on roads everywhere, and it all began with the Rivian R1T. 
As a young automaker, the company continues to wobble as it works to reach scaled production among global supply chain constraints and the growing pains of streamlining production processes.
As a result, the Rivian R1T has a demand far beyond the number of EVs being produced, making it a difficult truck to get your hands on in the short term. If you decide you are all-in and need one of these pickups, it’s best to build your own and get on the waitlist now, because you’re probably going to be waiting over a year for it to arrive.
Still, the appetite for Rivian’s R1T remains, and the automaker continues to push forward with its second model, the R1S SUV. No matter what electric truck option you inevitably choose, insurance to protect it is just as important.

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