Affordable Battery Options with Decent Range: Standard and Standard+ Packs
Rivian has recently unveiled fresh alternatives for battery packs in their R1T and R1S electric cars, offering customers more economical choices. These new Standard and Standard+ options greatly decrease the starting price, with the base R1T now available for $69,900 while the corresponding setup for the R1S is priced at $74,900.
The 106 kWh battery pack, which comes exclusively with the Dual-Motor AWD setup, offers a maximum range of 270 miles. This is a reasonable price for a top-of-the-line electric truck, coming in under $70,000. However, if you require a bit more mileage, the 121 kWh Standard+ battery pack is an excellent compromise between the Standard and Large options.
Standard+ can be selected with either the Dual-Motor or Performance Dual-Motor propulsion options. When equipped with the Standard+ battery, the cost for the R1T starts at $73,000 while the R1S begins at $78,000.
If you desire the added power and force offered by the Performance Dual-Motor, the cost rises to $78,000 for the R1T and $83,000 for the R1S. Despite which type of drive system is selected, the Standard+ package yields an estimated range of 315 miles according to the EPA for both versions.
It should be mentioned that both of the new battery units are not compatible with the Quad-Motor AWD, which is only available with the Large battery option.
The Rivian R1T and R1S are both qualified for the $3,750 tax credit for electric vehicles, allowing prospective buyers to take advantage of a favorable price – as long as they remain conservative with their desired features. At its simplest form, an R1T equipped with the Standard battery and Dual-Motor setup could potentially be purchased for just $66,150. For those who may find this still out of reach, it may be worth considering holding off for the highly anticipated R2 SUV, which is said to have a price range of $40,000 to $60,000.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Rivian has yet to introduce its Quad-Motor AWD drive system paired with the Max battery pack. Wealthy customers would undoubtedly be intrigued by this top-of-the-line Rivian setup, which promises the greatest power and longest range. However, the company has decided to cancel it and informed interested buyers that this option will become available at a later time. The exact release date for this combination has yet to be determined.
It has been more than a year since this event occurred, yet the sighting of two camouflaged R1T trucks provides reassurance that Rivian may be conducting tests with these sought-after specifications. Thankfully, customers now have the option to choose the Max battery pack, which boasts an impressive EPA range of up to 410 miles, depending on the type of drive system, size of wheels, and selected model. However, obtaining this feature does come at a cost – an additional $19,100 on top of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for an R1T Dual-Motor AWD, for instance.