Rivian R2S and R2T: What You Should Know

What can we look forward to in Rivian's next electric truck and SUV?

Rivian R2S and R2T: What You Should Know

Rivian is a relatively new American car company that makes electric adventure vehicles. They are still working hard to make more of their R1T electric truck and R1S SUV, but they're also thinking about what comes next. That's the Rivian R2 platform, which will bring smaller but still really good electric cars starting at $40,000.

Now, the R2 platform isn't meant to replace the R1 series. It's a completely new set of cars that will come in different sizes and be more affordable. But, like other car companies, Rivian is trying to make good electric cars that don't cost as much, and here's what you should know about it.

When Will the Rivian R2 Be Available?

When Will the Rivian R2 Be Available?

Even though people are still getting their hands on the Rivian R1T truck and R1S SUV, and there are lots of orders for the R1S waiting to be filled, Rivian is already working on their next vehicles. They want to make their manufacturing process better, reduce costs, and build more cars for regular folks.

We don't know all the details yet, but Rivian has said they'll show their new R2 platform in 2024. It might take until late 2025 or early 2026 before they start making these new cars. But things change quickly in the car world, so they might speed things up and release them in 2025.

The big question for folks interested in Rivian's upcoming electric vehicles is which one will come out first, the R2T truck or the R2S SUV. Right now, it seems like the smaller and more affordable R2S SUV will be the first to hit the roads. Rivian's CEO, R.J. Scaringe, has said they're focusing on making more R1S SUVs because there's more demand for them. This makes us think that the new R2S SUV will likely be the first to be available, which could help Rivian sell more vehicles and grab a bigger piece of the market.

Recently, in a Q&A session on Instagram that they posted on YouTube, Rivian gave us a little sneak peek of the R2 platform. You can see in the picture below that it's a smaller SUV, probably the R2S. It looks somewhat similar to their other vehicles with that tough and boxy style. Sometimes car companies put extra stuff on their vehicles to hide the real design, so don't read too much into it.

If everything goes as expected, we might get the updated Rivian R2S SUV by late 2025, and then the R2T electric pickup truck.

Rivian R2T and R2S Prices

Rivian R2T and R2S Prices

We all know electric cars can be expensive, right? But here's the deal with Rivian's new R2 lineup. The current R1T truck starts at about $73,000, and the R1S SUV is at least $78,000, without counting extra fees. Now, they're talking about these new R2 models, which might start somewhere between $40,000 and $60,000. They'll probably have different versions like the Adventure Edition, Adventure All-Terrain, and a fancy one like the Launch Edition.

During the summer, Rivian's money person, Claire McDonough, talked at a bank meeting and said they're sticking to these price goals. That's pretty good news. If they can actually make a nice R2S for around $40,000, it could be a strong competitor to Tesla's Model Y.

Rivian R2 Platform: What We Might See Under the Hood

Rivian R2 Platform: What We Might See Under the Hood

Rivian's current electric trucks and SUVs are known for being great both on and off the road. They come with fancy interiors, big screens for entertainment and driving modes, and they can go really fast from 0 to 60 miles per hour. However, to make these vehicles more affordable, Rivian might have to make some changes, but we're not sure what those changes will be.

The next Rivian electric vehicle, which they call the R2, is still being worked on, and it won't be shown to the public until around 2024. So, we don't know much about its engine, how far it can go on a single charge, how fast it can charge, or the other cool features it might have. But we can guess that it will have better batteries, two electric motors, and maybe even three in some versions. It will likely have all-wheel drive, and the range might be around 300 to 330 miles, depending on the specific model.

The company just told us that their new electric trucks and SUVs, which have two motors and big batteries, can go more than 400 miles on a single charge. That's pretty good! But if you want to pay less, they might offer versions with smaller batteries. We'll keep you updated as we learn more about the Rivian R2 and what it can do.

Competing with Tesla (and other companies)

Competing with Tesla (and other companies)

We talked about the Tesla Model Y earlier, which is one of the most popular cars in the world right now. People love it because it looks nice, has easy-to-use features, and is not super expensive, at least for a fancy electric car. But in the next few months, it will have some strong competition from the new Chevrolet Blazer EV, Equinox EV, and the new Rivian R2S.

If Rivian can make a lot of cars, like they want to, around 150,000 a year by 2025, and make them affordable, it will be in a good spot to compete with other electric cars.

They want to make cars that are not too expensive, make money, and give people great adventure vehicles. To sum it up, Rivian says they will use the R2 platform to make more cars at different prices and styles. This means the R2S and R2T are just the first of many new models.

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