Rivian Launches Revamped R1 Lineup

Rivian has officially unveiled the refreshed versions of the R1T pickup and R1S SUV, featuring enhancements focused on performance, manufacturing efficiency, and technological advancements.

The most notable updates are found under the hood. Rivian has introduced new in-house developed motors across the lineup, replacing the previously used Bosch units in the quad-motor variant. With the new motors the quad-motor now boasts an impressive 1,025 horsepower, allowing the R1T to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds, a marked improvement from the previous 835 hp and 3 seconds. Additionally, a new tri-motor option joins the lineup, offering performance and versatility.

Rivian has also reengineered its battery packs to increase range and efficiency. The Large and Max battery packs now offer up to 420 miles (676km) of range, a 10-mile (16km) increase, thanks to redesigned modules and more efficient packaging. Furthermore, a new lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack has been introduced as a cost-effective option, providing an EPA-estimated range of 270 miles (435km).

The revamped R1 vehicles feature a significantly upgraded software and autonomy system. Equipped with 11 cameras, five radar sensors, and advanced AI prediction technology, Rivian’s new self-driving system is ten times more powerful than before.

Rivian has integrated Nvidia DRIVE Orin processors to power its Autonomy Compute Module, which offers enhanced driver-assistant features. A premium version of this system includes capabilities such as hands-free driving for limited periods, although driver attention is still required.

To improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce costs, Rivian has overhauled the internal architecture of its vehicles. The switch from a domain-based to a zonal architecture has significantly reduced the amount of wiring by 1.6 miles, leading to a weight reduction of 44 pounds per vehicle. This change also consolidates electronic control units (ECUs) from 17 to just 7, streamlining production and reducing complexity.

Rivian’s strategic focus on vertical integration has also played a critical role in these updates. Along with now manufacturing its own drive units, the company has also redesigned the thermal management system to incorporate a heat pump, which is more efficient than the previous resistive heating system, improving battery performance in varying temperatures and overall vehicle efficiency.

The updated R1T and R1S also come with new prices, with the dual-motor R1T starting at C102,900/US$69,900 and the R1S at C$111,900/US$75,900. The tri-motor versions are priced at C$147,900/US$99,900 and C$156,900US$105,900, respectively, with quad-motor pricing yet to be announced.

Looking ahead, Rivian’s focus is on the successful launch of its more affordable R2 models in 2026, which are expected to start at around US$45,000. These innovations and efficiencies developed for the R1 platform are expected to play a crucial role in the production and success of these new models.

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