How Does The Rivian R1S Stack Up Against Its Competitors?

Rivian's R1S is the company's big future bet, an all-electric endeavor that appears eager to emulate Tesla's success.



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Rivian has released their new electric SUV called the Rivian R1S. The Rivian SUV was designed to compete with Tesla and other EV manufacturers. The R1S SUV comes with a range of over 300 miles per charge and can go from 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds. It also features an all-wheel-drive system and can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

The R1S will come with a dual motor setup which allows it to accelerate from 0-60 mph faster than any other production EV on the road today. The R1S will also feature a battery pack capable of charging at 150 kW DC fast chargers.

Rivian R1S Review

The 2022 Rivian R1S is a fully electric luxury SUV with a range of 300 miles per charge. It also features unique design elements, such as a front grille inspired by the iconic Bugatti Veyron.

The Rivian SUV is built to be a true performance machine. It boasts a 0-60 mph time of 3 seconds, a top speed of 130mph, and a battery capacity of 80kWh. It also comes with several advanced safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking.

The R1S will come in two different trim levels: The base model starts at $69,900, while the more expensive Premium version goes for $79,900. Both versions include all of the standard amenities you would expect in an electric vehicle.

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Only time will tell if the R1S will be regarded as one of the best electric vehicles, but things are looking up so far.

Performance

  • 0-60 MPH: 3 Seconds
  • Top Speed: 130MPH
  • Range Per Charge (EPA): 400 Miles
  • Battery Capacity: 80 kWh
  • Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Curb Weight: 4,200 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 190 Inches long x 75 inches wide x 70 inches high

Rivian SUV Price

The R1S SUV price starts at $70,000 for the Explorer Package, while the Adventure Package comes in at $75,500. Each of them can be pre-ordered today for $1,000, although the fully assembled Debut Version (also $75,500) is sold out.

Rivian patrons were informed in 2021 that their automobiles would begin turning up in March, but the majority of the first wave of deliveries would take place during the summer and early fall of 2022.

Interior

The interior of the 2022 Rivian R1S vehicle is very spacious. There are three rows of seating that can accommodate five passengers. The seats are comfortable and offer plenty of headroom.

There is also a large cargo area behind the third row of seats. The rear seatbacks fold down into the floor so you can easily load items into the back of the vehicle.

There is a large touchscreen display between the driver and passenger seats. You can use your phone or tablet to access music, navigation, and other functions. There is also a rearview camera mounted on the windshield.

Safety Features

The R1S includes many advanced safety features. These include forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking, among others.

Blind Spot Monitoring: When driving, the system monitors traffic behind and in front of the vehicle. If another vehicle enters one of these areas, the system alerts the driver by flashing warning lights.

Lane Keeping Assist: With sensors located around the vehicle, the system keeps track of where the vehicle is going and adjusts steering accordingly.

Automatic Emergency Braking: Similar to how airbags work, the system automatically applies brakes if it detects a collision risk. 

Design

The exterior of the R1S looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. Its body is made entirely of carbon fiber. The vehicle’s hood, roof, and doors have been crafted using aluminum. They look great, but they add weight to the vehicle. The vehicle has LED headlights and taillights. The lights are bright enough to illuminate the road ahead.

The vehicle also comes with a spoiler that extends out from the trunk lid. This helps reduce drag when accelerating.

Autonomous Driving

The Rivian R1S is not autonomous. However, the company did equip the vehicle with a suite of technologies designed to make driving safer. These include forward collision avoidance, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring.

Our Verdict

There are three main differences between the base and premium models:

  1. The base model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, but the Premium model gets 18-inch aluminum wheels.
  2. The base model includes air conditioning and heated seats, but the Premium model adds leather seating surfaces and climate control.
  3. The base model only offers a 10.3-inch touchscreen.

Overall, the Rivian R1S is a great-looking SUV that packs some serious tech into its compact frame. I would consider buying one if you’re interested in owning a futuristic car.

Christy Gren
Christy Gren is an Industry Specialist Reporter at Industry Leaders Magazine she enjoys writing about Unicorns, Silicon Valley, Startups, Business Leaders and Innovators. Her articles provide an insight about the Power Players in the field of Technology, Auto, Manufacturing, and F&B.

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