The Rivian R1S is the next big thing to come out of Rivian, the all-electric startup that looks eager to replicate Tesla’s success. In fact, out of all the new automakers looking to replicate that success, Rivian looks the most promising. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Irvine, California, Rivian has developed a skateboard chassis which will form the basis of its first two electric vehicles.
The Rivian R1S is the SUV version of its flagship R1T, the first all-electric pickup to reach the market. It features many of the same unique features that made the R1T Electrek‘s vehicle of the year but with more interior volume.
The initial Launch Editions of the R1S recently began delivering at the end of December, but two lower-cost trims of the SUV are on the docket for 2022. That includes both the Adventure and Explore packages, each offering an EPA estimated 316 miles of range – not bad for an EV of that size and volume.
Delivery times will vary depending on the trim and add-ons you choose on the R1S but expect to see many more on roads and trails in 2022.