Rivian CEO explains why spectacular Tank Flip mode is a no-go

The wonderful Tank Flip characteristic that Rivian confirmed off method again in December 2019 received a whole lot of truck and off-road lovers speaking, for good motive. 

The mode confirmed off the opportunity of utilizing all 4 of the electrical motors in Quad Motor R1T and R1S electrical vans to rotate the automobile round and round in basically the identical area, given a floor that was the correct quantity of slippery. 

It was a jaw-dropping transfer that Rivian managed to program in—making use of propulsion to the wheels in reverse instructions on the left and proper sides of the automobile, in a really managed method, that will be subsequent to not possible to engineer into a standard roadgoing gasoline SUV.

Rivian Tank Turn

Rivian Tank Flip

In an Instagram Q&A session posted Friday, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe nonetheless sounded excited in regards to the thought, explaining how with the instantaneous torque (in both route) of electrical motors plus an array of subtle controls and a suggestions loop, “you may create a torque second the place the automobile rotates on its middle axis like a tank.”

However Scaringe defined (under) why the Tank Flip characteristic will doubtless by no means make it right into a manufacturing truck. 

Electrical vans must tread calmly, too

No, Scaringe didn’t point out attorneys or regulators placing the kibosh on it. 

The reason being easy, if the scar that the truck left within the video isn’t sufficient to underscore the purpose already. The Tank Flip has the potential to be actually damaging. 

Scaringe stated that during the last 12 months and a half, Rivian determined that whereas it may implement the Tank Flip, it’s simply not per the corporate’s messaging to tread calmly. 

“It is so simply abused and so onerous to make it possible for we do not tear up trails and actually do issues which are in distinction to what we stand for as an organization,” he summed, noting that it didn’t really feel congruent with how Rivian preaches respecting the paths and never leaving ruts or injury. 

This doubtless means that one other patented Rivian parlor trick, Okay-Flip Mode, can be a no-go. However the off-road prowess of the format itself stays the promoting level. And as practically everybody who’s gone off-roading in an EV will agree, the acute finesse and precision at which electrical propulsion programs can ship torque makes off-roading much more pleasurable and fewer nerve-wracking. Rivian does already reap the benefits of this with distinct drive modes for the R1T and R1S.

Mercedes-Benz EQG prototype

Mercedes-Benz EQG prototype

Though it’s unclear whether or not Rivian might need dibs on the thought, Mercedes has already additionally teased the thought for its upcoming EQG electrical SUV, calling it a G-Flip.

Rivian is within the means of beginning deliveries of its Twin Motor vans, which characteristic the corporate’s personal, cost-saving Enduro drive unit, together with motor and discount gear. They’ll finally be utilized to Quad Motor variations, too.