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Rivian Showcases its Portable Kitchen for Overlanding

The electric pickup truck remains elusive, as not a single model has yet made it into production.  Both Ford and GM have announced that they are currently developing an electric pickup, and Tesla plans to unveil one later this year.  Then there is Rivian, who unveiled their R1T just last year.  This plucky startup seems determined to make their pickup stand out from the others with some rather interesting modular options.  But an electric pickup that doubles as a camper with a kitchen?  That was a little unexpected.

It looks like Rivian wants to market its upcoming electric pickup truck to a particular type of customer, which could be a smart move in order to differentiate it from the traditional (and sort of generic) pickup truck.  The electric startup debuted its Rivian R1T overland edition at this past weekend’s Overland Expo West as an “adventure vehicle”, and from the pictures we have seen, it certainly appears to be ready for a journey to some fun, remote destination. 

Rivian R1T

The base R1T comes with an impressive 180 kWh battery, the world’s largest automotive battery pack, capable of reaching up to 400 miles on a single charge.  Its four electric motors bring the R1T to a combined 750 horsepower (559 kilowatts), making it an impressive zero-emissions powerhouse.  For those seriously interested in traveling off-road, the R1T can splash through up to 36 inches of water thanks to the fact that its battery is sealed. 

The Rivian R1T offers 14 inches of ground clearance with its adjustable air suspension, great for when your travels take you over some seriously bumpy roads.  Its 1,700+ load capacity also means that it can carry along more outdoor gear than many of its gas-powered competitors. 

They have also been developing some modular box systems for the truck, allowing owners greater customization.  So far, the truck can be configured into a regular flatbed, a cargo box utility module, a topper module, a recreational camper top module, and a module with a removable side rail.  Rivian also offers multiple roof systems, including “electrochromic glass (which turns from opaque to transparent on demand), a fixed glass panel, a two-piece removable composite roof and a standard fixed roof.”

Rivian Pickup/Camper

One of those modular box systems means that you can put together the ultimate overland vehicle, complete with sleeping quarters and a camp kitchen. 

Yes, you read that right: a camp kitchen.  This impressive setup tucks into the truck’s 350L gear tunnel and can be pulled out for use.  Powered by the vehicle’s battery pack, the kitchen comes with an electric double-induction cooktop, a sink, water tank, plenty of counter and storage space, and a full set of cookware and dishware.  There is even a 12v fridge in the truck’s frunk.  According to Rivian, “users can light their surroundings and cook using the vehicle’s power for over a week using only 20 kWh — or 11 percent — of the largest 180kWh Rivian battery pack.”

And when it comes time to sleep, there is a truck bed rack-mounted rooftop tent where campers can drift off under the stars.

While no concrete details are yet available, the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck is expected to start at $69,000 before incentives and may hit production as soon as next year.

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