Rivian R1T is ready for the woods with a camp kitchen

Rivian R1T
Image Credit: Rivian Automotive

The Rivian R1T is ready for the woods with a camp kitchen. The cooking kit slides out from the truck’s tunnel and is powered off its battery pack. With a roof mounted tent, the conceptual R1T with the pop out kitchen, is basically a rustic camper. The Rivian R1T is the first EV to make an official appearance at Overland West in Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, Arizona. 

The Rivian Creative Director Larry Parker said, “we’ve been coming to Overland for a few years now, learning from this community how they use their vehicles. Much of what we’ve learned from Overland attendees has gone into our product design.” The R1T truck has a sealable storage area between the rear seats and the truck bed. There are so many options to utilizing  this space for customization. Rivian wanted to show prospective buyers and outfitter one of the possible option with the camp kitchen.

The bed-mounted tent has an access ladder providing accommodations for two off-the-ground sleeping, while still having a roof rack for extra storage gear. The R1T camp kitchen features an induction cooktop that flips down for storage. It’s powered off the onboard battery pack, remember it is an electric vehicle. Rivian confirmed that a week of cooking would use 20 kWh, or 11% of the truck’s largest 180-kWh battery pack. 

The R1T has other functions outside of being a cool camper. The AWD Rivian R1T’s battery pack powers a quartet of electric motors producing 750 horsepower. Rivian estimates around a 400 mile of range, a 0-60 mph time of 3 seconds, and towing capability of up to 11,000 pounds. Production is planned to start in fall of 2020, and will likely beat Ford and General Motors to the line as the first all-electric pickup truck. Rivian is taking a refundable $1,000 deposit for deliveries and is expected to be around $69,000 (excluding the camp kitchen). The Rivian R1T will be available for the $7,500 federal tax credit. 

Image Credit: Rivian Automotive

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