U.S. electrical automobile startup Rivian unveiled a pickup truck and SUV final November on the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Present, however the firm is understood to be engaged on extra autos, considered one of which could have simply been noticed.
Our newest spy pictures had been taken exterior Rivian’s headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan, and present what seems to be a design buck for a automobile distinct to Rivian’s R1T pickup and the associated R1S SUV.
In line with a supply, the kind of design buck is often used to find out placement of the seats and different inside options. It supplies the event workforce with a real-world really feel for issues like visibility and ergonomics, which suggests the form you see right here won’t be consultant of the ultimate design. Moreover, finer particulars just like the physique’s floor options might additionally change.
Thriller mannequin spied at Rivian’s headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan – Picture by way of S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
The design buck exhibits a automobile with a curved roof that contrasts with the flat design of Rivian’s pickup and SUV. The belt line can also be completely different because it rises towards the rear as an alternative of remaining flat like on the opposite fashions.
It is doable we’re trying on the rally raid-style efficiency automobile Rivian CEO and founder RJ Scaringe confirmed final December. He described the automobile as having a excessive floor clearance and a shorter wheelbase than the R1S, which is in keeping with what we see right here.
As for the specs, we will solely speculate based mostly on what we all know from the R1T and R1S. Each autos are based mostly on a skateboard-style platform with the battery within the flooring and electrical motors at every of the axles.
Rivian electrical automobile platform
Rivian guarantees battery sizes starting from 105 to 180 kilowatt-hours for these autos, the latter claimed to ship over 400 miles of vary on a single cost. Energy, in the meantime, is alleged to vary between 400 and 750 horsepower, with the output as soon as once more dependant on the battery dimension.
The corporate goals to begin deliveries of the R1T in late 2020 and the R1S early the next yr, with the beginning costs set at $69,000 and $72,500, respectively. Manufacturing will happen at a plant in Regular, Illinois, which was previously run by Mitsubishi.
Rivian solely on Friday introduced it obtained $700 million in its newest spherical of financing, with Amazon confirmed because the lead investor. The corporate can also be reported to have inked a licensing deal of its platform with Pininfarina for an SUV from the Italian agency’s new automobile model.