Is Rivian Planning a New EV?

Rivian has announced a new EV line, but what will it be like? Read on to find out what Rivian has said on the matter, as well as what experts think they’re planning.
Written by Katie Dyer
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Jun 23, 2022
Rivian’s electric SUVs and pickups built on skateboard platforms have become a quick-rising competitor to the EV big dog,
Tesla
. Rivian has grand plans for the future, including plans to form a cohesive web of public charging stations across North America by the end of next year. But, that’s not all.
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What have we heard?

On the Q4 sales call of 2021, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe reported that the company was planning to develop a new 800-volt EV platform with bidirectional charging and LFP batteries.  
While there hasn’t been much more officially released, many have been trying to connect dots and speculate about what Rivian might be planning to release. 
According to
MotorTrend
, Rivian published its letter to its shareholders this month, and it mentioned developing new technology, as well as the creation of an R2 line. It’s stated that this line will be a global endeavor, so it’s safe to say Rivian is going big with whatever their plans are.

Rivian will be giving us some new cars

The new platform will be called R2 and is slated to be more affordable, with more compact vehicles than current Rivian offerings.
According to
AutoEvolution
, it will use Lithium-Ion Phosphate batteries (LFP), which are more affordable because they do not contain nickel or cobalt. They are also considered cheaper and safer than traditional lithium-ion batteries. The R2s will have bidirectional charging and will have higher 800-volt batteries than the standard EVs of today, which are usually closer to 400 volts. 
Rivian intends to scale up production to 150,000 vehicles per year over the next few years. They currently have 90,000 preordered R1T trucks and R1S SUVs, as well as 100,000 Amazon delivery vehicles waiting to be manufactured and delivered. The supply chain problems and delivery timetable headaches right now are making this more difficult than Rivian would like, but they are still charging onwards with their plans for growth. 

What exactly will these new cars be?

MotorTrend states that “the R2 platform will take on a more compact size and design for a series of smaller vehicles, including both trucks and SUVs. We expect the R2 lineup will have dual- and tri-motor drivetrain configurations, but will not adopt the quad-motor setup of the larger, beefier R1 platform that underpins the R1T and R1S.”
We still don’t know exactly when this new R2 line will launch. We do know one thing for sure, though: we are looking forward to hearing and seeing more from this successful automaker!

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