Rivian has announced a debatably useful, nonetheless interesting feature for its upcoming electric pickup.
The R1T will be capable of a “Tank Turn,” which means the vehicle can hold its position while spinning completely around.
Each wheel of the Rivian has its own motor. This enables them to operate independently and in different directions. For example, when one side is moving forward while the other side is in reverse, the truck will turn like a tank.
Perhaps, the feature will help a Rivian owner squeeze into a tight parking space.
Rivian has raised billions to bring its electric truck and SUV to market next year. The company is also collaborating with Amazon on the development of an electric delivery van. Amazon has already ordered 100,000 of these vans to be delivered in 2021.
The R1T pickup is expected to go into production next year and start at $69,000. The truck will include four electric motors and three battery packs options – a 180 kWh battery that is expected to offer more than 400 miles of range per charge, a 135 kWh option that gives more than 300 miles of range per charge, and a 105 kWh pack, which will give about 230 miles of range per charge. The R1T has a towing capacity of 11,000 pounds.