Tech YouTuber Ben Sullins has launched a one-year possession evaluation of his Rivian R1T pickup truck, revealing a number of of its “teething” points in addition to its admirable points. Sullins paid $82,000 for his R1T, a quad-motor all-wheel-drive model with 835 horsepower and 908 pound-feet of torque.
The Rivian R1T Launch Version has a battery capability of 135 kilowatt-hours, which delivers an EPA-estimated 314 miles vary. Rivian has since up to date the EPA-estimated vary for the quad-motor model to 328 miles.
Sullins’ video covers a number of points of the truck however primarily focuses on the niggles. He begins off by highlighting service issues. Whereas attempting to rescue a caught seatbelt, Rivian’s service workers broken the rear left seat, he mentioned. He talked about that originally, the service was “one step ahead and two steps again.” Though, it has considerably improved since then, and is usually carried out at his house.
The R1T additionally developed rust within the spare tire space as a result of rain, in accordance with Sullins. He talked about that the tonneau cowl isn’t waterproof, neither is the loading bay, from the place water permeates into the spare tire space, which could have been one of many the explanation why the metallic rusted. He additionally added that the tonneau cowl itself was damaged.
The tonneau cowl’s design has been the explanation for a number of homeowners’ ire. Our buddy Kyle Conner from Out of Spec Opinions, who additionally bought the R1T Launch Version final 12 months, talked about the tonneau cowl’s clunking noises whereas working. In October 2022, Rivian halted the tonneau cowl’s manufacturing for a redesign.
Not too long ago, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe introduced through Twitter that redesigned tonneau covers, with guide and powered choices, can be provided to prospects this summer time.
A significant situation for Sullins is the software program. Typically, the truck’s audio system don’t have any sound output, even when the display screen exhibits that the audio is enjoying. He additionally added that the R1T’s driver help options malfunction below sturdy daylight. The glare on the cameras causes options like lane change help and adaptive cruise management to show off.
The niggles apart, the R1T’s efficiency and dealing with, on and off the highway, places a large grin on Sullins’ face. “It’s the very best truck on the market in these classes,” he mentioned. We talked about in our first-drive evaluation how phenomenal its efficiency was, and Sullins’ expertise is not any completely different. Solely the glitches within the software program and a few high quality points hassle him.
Sullins additionally spoke about vary, effectivity, and the way the R1T compares along with his spouse’s Tesla Mannequin Y. And lastly, he reveals if he would buy the R1T once more.
Watch his video above, and tell us within the feedback what you consider the Rivian R1T. Would you think about it over different electrical vehicles just like the Ford F-150 Lightning, and the GMC Hummer EV?