Any one else excited for the Rivian?

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So my wife is on her 2nd Tesla. She had a model S and now has a model 3. Driving the EV pretty much makes my ‘13 LX570 seem like a dinosaur. Anyway I’ve been waiting to see what happens next with the 300 series (or 400?) as I hope to replace my LX with a highly capable off-road SUV with at least a 7000k lb towing capacity that is an EV.

The Rivian could be it

 
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I’ve reached out to them. Seems the SUV with the big battery is going to be $85-90k. That’s a 3 row similar size to a land cruiser similar or better off road ability, 0-60 in under 3 seconds, and 8-9k lb tow capacity, over 400 mile range. The truck will have at least 12k tow capacity and all else same. The $70k truck will be ~8k lb towing 300 mile range.

They claim they are benchmarking the LC for the suv and Raptor for the truck.
 

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The SUV looks cool. Much nicer then the other ones I've seen.

The Truck looks like a bit of a disappointment. Where's my 8ft bed? And touchscreens are a bit hard to use with work gloves on.
 
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I don't think it's that kinda truck, more like haul your paddleboard to the beach kinda truck. Which is a disappointment cause id like an electric work truck too
 

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Neither truck or SUV are full size. Truck is very similar to a Tacoma size. SUV is close to a 4Runner size. Certainly interesting to me. Not sure 400 miles range empty is going to work for towing anything meaningful if that means 100 miles or less range towing. If you're only towing short distances it would probably work. I think Olaus is right - it's really a lifestyle trucklet, not really a truck made for doing truck type stuff.

I like the styling though.
 
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^^^. Check your specs. The SUV is close to but slightly longer and wider than an LC 200 (5040x2015mm vs 4990x1980mm). The truck is almost the same size as a 6.5’ bed f150. And does a taco have a 11,000 tow rateing?
As for towing range. It will be less I have a buddy with a model x that tows an r pod. He takes a 50-70% efficiency loss towing. But then I take a 40-50% hit in MPG towing my 22’ camper with my LX570.
Who knows what/if it will be if it makes it to market. The tech around all this is rapidly growing by leaps and bounds. I think even a year from now who knows what we will have. Tesla just put their phase 3 superchargers on line that can charge 1000 miles of range per hour.
 

Jetboy

 
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Tacoma short bed 127" wheel base. Tacoma Long bed 140.6"
Rivian truck 135" wheel base.
150 crew cab = 145=157" wheel base.

Tacoma crew cab overall length: 208-221
F150 Crew cab overall length: 232-244
Rivian overall length: 215

width
Tacoma: 75
F150: 80
Rivian: 78.7

Seems like it fits closer to a 6.5 foot bed Tacoma than an F150. Although somewhere in the middle. They also said that they intended to be a midsize truck by design in one of the interviews I saw. The Honda ridgeline is probably the closest current production truck match in size.

I think the big difference towing would be that you'd need to have a charging station every 100 or less miles. And then if you need to wait for 30-45 minutes every 100 miles it's going to get pretty old pretty fast. I wouldn't count on towing much or towing often unless they develop something like a secondary battery pack to extend the range. If a Model X is losing 50% towing 2500lb, I'd guess 10,000lbs is going to loose 80-90%. May only get 50 miles per charge. That's a tough sell.
 
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