Check out the Rivian R1T Electric Truck pull off a 360-degree tank turn. The R1T has four individual motors, one in each wheel, that allows this spin. Spinning like the remote control vehicles of our childhood, the R1T masters the “tank turn”. The startup Rivian is giving the world a small peak of what it has to offer in this new video.
The Tank Turn video shows what the R1T can do on the dirt. The Rivian can do this using the four individual electric motors, one to drive each of the wheels. To make the R1T spin in place, on one side of the truck the motors spin forward while, on the other side, they spin in reverse. Rivian states the feature is only intended for use on slick surfaces such as grass, dirt, and gravel, and the company says that the vehicle will sense that the traction threshold is low enough before the feature is enabled.
Rivian suggests that there will be driver input required, but didn’t give any specific details. The assumption is it can be activated via a button on the touchscreen. This will be an option on all variations of the R1T truck and R1S SUV with a quad motor setup.
The Michigan-based startup, Rivian, says the R1T is projected to be out late 2020 and a 2021 model. Rivian is currently financially backed by both Ford and Amazon. The R1T electric truck will be accompanied by an electric SUV called the R1S. Both are claimed to have up to 400 miles of range, a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds, and a towing capacity of 11,000-plus pounds. If that isn’t enough, the tank turn will seal the deal for this electric truck. You can preorder the world’s first Electric Adventure Vehicle on their website with a starting price of $69,000.