Rivian R1S electric SUV tackles steep climb in Moab

Rivian R1S Moab
Image via RJ Scaringe /Twitter

While customers are going to have to wait a little while longer to receive their vehicles from Rivian, the company is not slowing testing of the R1S electric SUV.

Company founder and CEO RJ Scaringe recently shared a video of R1S in the wilds of Moab, Utah, a popular locale for automakers to push their vehicles to their limits. This video was no exception.

Facing a seemingly impossibly steep climb, the R1S slowly approaches the base of the hill. Once the front bumper was clear, the electric SUV effortlessly climbs the hill, without any engine noise and only the tires struggling for grip breaking the silence.

Ahead of deliveries of the R1S and R1T electric pickup truck starting in September (and Canada in November), the automaker recently confirmed it is seeking a second location within the US for its second manufacturing facility.

Rivian also announced last week they have been able to secure another $2.5 billion in their latest funding round. That brings their total private funding up to more than $10 billion.

The company is expected to go public later this year, and could be seeking a valuation as high as $70 billion.

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