The Rivian R1S and R1T are designed to be capable on- and off-road and develop around 750bhp from electric motors at each wheel. The company says the vehicles will be semi-autonomous and will be offered with three battery packs delivering differing driving ranges, with the maximum being around 640km. 

Rivian’s skateboard platform is developed to offer electric vehicle technology that combines brisk pace and long range along with off-road capability. The platform combines features such as Dynamic Roll Control and air suspension with a battery with maximised energy density. Both Rivian models will be capable of a 0-60mph (0-100kph) time of around 3sec.

While it is not known if PF1 SUV will have the same off-road credentials as the Rivian SUV, the Pininfarina model is being developed to be blisteringly quick. It will be equipped with a 135Kwh battery pack (larger than the PF0’s 120 Kwh) and will have an 800V system for fast charging. With 200kW at each wheel, the PF1 might weigh around 2,300-2,400kg and could produce up to 800kW – equivalent to 1,074bhp.

Founded in 2009 by RJ Scaringe, Rivian recently secured USD 200 million from Standard Chartered, bringing its overall financing to USD 450 million, having already secured funds from the investment arm of Saudi Arabia-based Abdul Latif Jameel and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas. 

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Source: AutoCar

December 7, 2018