Electric Vehicle Startup Announces Pickup Model for 2020

Electric vehicle company Rivian will begin production of a pickup truck in 2020.

According to the startup auto manufacturer, whose headquarters are in Plymouth, Michigan, the R1T electric-powered pickup truck accelerates from 0-60 mph in three seconds and has a towing rating of 11,000 pounds. The truck can be outfitted with three battery sizes that power the car for 400, 310, or 240 miles.

The R1T is expected to cost around $61,000 after a $7,500 tax credit.

2020 could see the entrance of several other electric pickup models, as well.

Atlis Motor Vehicles of Arizona has announced the release of its XT Pickup for the first year of the new decade at a price of $45,000 and a max range of 500 miles. The company has yet to release prototypes of the vehicle, however.

CEO Elon Musk has indicated on Twitter that Tesla may unveil an electric pickup prototype in 2019.

The R1T uses what is called a “skateboard” design, meaning the vehicle’s battery and engine are situated underneath the car, rather than under the front hood. For the R1T, the front of the car is extra storage space.

TopSpeed‘s review characterized the R1T as a family vehicle, rather than a work truck. The bed is 4.5 feet long and wide, putting it on the small side for commercial application.

The exterior design of the car is sleek, drawing criticism from Zach Shahan, editor for Clean Technica.

“The vehicle looks too techy, too prissy, too odd, and too San Francisco for my stereotype of a normal pickup truck buyer,” Shahan wrote. “Maybe I’m unnecessarily skeptical here, but I just don’t see this vehicle as designed winning over a large number of buyers.”

Photo courtesy of Rivian.

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