The distinct 2022 Rivian R1T all-electric truck won the Car and Driver Editors’ Choice award for its impressive acceleration and 300-mile range, but also for its availability. While many manufacturers have models on the drawing board, the R1T was the first pickup EV to go into production.
While dual motor configurations are common among EVs, Rivian’s Quad-Motor AWD is built with two Dual-Motor drive units, one for each axle, front and rear, making it a true four-wheel-drive. Rivian notes its 4-wheel torque vectoring, where each wheel helps accelerate, decelerate, and turn the vehicle.
A 415 horsepower unit with 413 lb-ft of torque powers the front axle while the 420 horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque system powers the rear. The total output of 835 horsepower and 908 lb-ft of torque produces a 0-to-60 mph time of 3 seconds while providing outstanding efficiency and immediate adjustability for any condition, including off-road challenges. The R1T features a four-door crew cab and 4.5-foot bed and independent air suspension allowing a vertical adjustment of six inches in the vehicle ride height. The system provides improved handling, stability, aerodynamics, and comfort with any payload. Active dampers help minimize body roll in the turns and off-road drive modes allow increasing the ground clearance up 14.9 inches. Self-leveling keeps the truck stable while hauling or towing up to 11,000 lbs.