Winter Range Test of Rivian R1T

R1T: NJ to VT Under Zero Degrees?
Rivian R1T New Jersey To Vermont Winter Range Test

Electric vehicles boast many advantages, with oftentimes superior performance to their traditional combustion counterparts. However, when it comes to winter conditions, EVs don’t quite measure up as its batteries are unable to deliver peak efficiency and range when the temperature drops.

Around two months prior, I had conducted a chilly road excursion in my Ford F-150 Lightning from my abode in northern New Jersey all the way to my in-law’s house down in southern Vermont.

I openly wondered if the Rivian R1T could make it to my specified destination without necessary charging stops, and luckily I found out the answer quickly. It caroused the same path as the Ford F-150 Lightning, moving along 211 miles of highway with only 3% state-of-charge left afterwards. With similar weather conditions in tow, I was satisfied to establish the comparison between the two vehicles.

Just seven days ago, I took my wife and revved up the R1T to go northward. We wanted to find out how it would do on highways at low temperatures alongside a rather steep incline of around 1,100 feet. To do this the right way, we adjusted the air pressure according to the manufacturer’s recommendation of 48 PSI, turned the thermostat to 70°F with the fan on the lowest setting, and designated the driving mode as Conserve.

Save driving mode splits the rear motors and transforms the R1T into a front-wheel-drive automobile and it is the most economical driving mode. Nevertheless, Rivian cautions against overutilizing Save mode due to the fact that it puts excessive pressure on the front motors, so it’s not the correct driving mode for all your trips. Only employ it on far away voyages when you require the additional efficiency and everything will be alright.

Examining a similar trip as I did before with the Lightning, I readied my R1T within my garage and prepared it so that both the cabin and battery were toasty when we departed. During our excursion, gusts of air between 10 mph and 15 mph gusted from the northwest, which almost created a headwind for us since we were heading in the north direction.Luckily, this happened to be the same weather conditions I had encountered before on my journey with the Lightning, rendering the assessment even better.

With its 126 kWh usable battery capacity and likely having already consumed one to two kWh, I knew it was a must to yield at least 1.7 mi/kWh with the R1T if I was going to get there. However the Lightning possesses a marginally larger energy package of 131 kWh, permitting me to make it even if I got merely 1.6 mi/kWh. Fortunately, I was able to just about meet that, and gave the Lightning a total average of 1.7 mi/kWh for the journey.

As we drove up to the abode of my in-laws, three hours and fifty minutes later, the R1T was still displaying 8% battery power, and our average mileage per kilowatt hour was 1.83. The R1T excelled in the cold weather range test, topping the F-150 Lightning by 5%.

Watch the full film above for more intelligence on the expedition.

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