Preproduction Rivian R1T spotted testing at Tierra del Fuego!

jimcgov3

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Now I want to know where the R1S will be showing up, and what colors we might see!
Hopefully they mix it up and do some warm weather testing somewhere and highlight some different colors. Wink Wink, Rivian! Or maybe bring the truck back to RJ's hometown and do some Tropical Storm/Hurricane testing...js
 

skyote

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Hopefully they mix it up and do some warm weather testing somewhere and highlight some different colors. Wink Wink, Rivian! Or maybe bring the truck back to RJ's hometown and do some Tropical Storm/Hurricane testing...js
It's triple digit heat right now in TX, and I'd really like to see some empirical data on the roof options for hotter climates!
 

krcossin

Member
I applaud Rivian for not following the old tried and true method of using disguises during testing. All of their "development vehicles" being caught in the wild at near production ready appearance will only enhance our interests and generate more excitement, as opposed to the normal keep in hiding using camouflage and graphics and engineers that fear being seen at gas stations and on the road. This will spark conversations and spread knowledge of the brand. I look forward to any information released on these extreme tests.
I can't help wonder what is in the support enclosed trailer. Has to be wheels/tires, a lot of tools, suspension parts, a large capacity generator....
 

Nevadagarth

Member
^ probably configurable.


Official response from Rivian in case ya'll don't read your emails. Seems they're reading these forums :wave:

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I love the three specific things listed (steering wheel, door handles, interior) because the ones shown at the shows are clearly better. I understand having to do a few exterior tweaks to meet safety standards but I would think most of those had previously been worked out.
 

Hmp10

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I applaud Rivian for not following the old tried and true method of using disguises during testing.
I don't think it was necessarily done for the purpose of disguise, but Rivian has had a test fleet of 150 vehicles on the road for some months with bodies of the Ford 150. That's a pretty good disguise . . . although it did cause some confusion when seen plugged into charging stations.
 

EyeOnRivian

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Rivian has had a test fleet of 150 vehicles on the road for some months
I knew Rivian had at least one test vehicle with a Ford 150 body but I do not recall reading how many. I just assumed they probably had a few others but 150 of them?! Do you happen to recall where you read that?
 

Hmp10

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I knew Rivian had at least one test vehicle with a Ford 150 body but I do not recall reading how many. I just assumed they probably had a few others but 150 of them?! Do you happen to recall where you read that?
I thought I remembered reading about 150 test vehicles on the road, but your question made me realize I must have conflated that with the model number of the Ford. So I stand corrected and apologize for sowing confusion.

Here's the best I can do in ferreting out an actual number:

In an interview with The Detroit Free Press about using the Ford bodies, Scaringe said, "they're all over the place, but nobody knows. We're very quiet about that."

A March 2019 Insideevs article said there are "apparently dozens" of F150 bodies being used to test Rivian skateboards.

A Jalopnik article said, "in a back room at the headquarters, sections of not just F-150s but SUVs from other companies and the parts that should provide the extra capability Rivian is promising, such as quad motors to power the wheels, were on display. That area, however, was off limits for cameras."

Does that latter quote suggest there might be some disguised R1S skateboards also plying the roads?
 

SpinDoc7

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Here's a tweet from today from one of Rivian's communications team members. She's making it pretty clear these "development" models shouldn't be taken for what the eventual production models will be. OK, message received.

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Brewbud

Member
Great to see them out there testing in the wild!

I do not like the rear end as much. Looks like the departure angle took a performance hit. Hoping it is just the picture angles.


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aAlpine

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I do not like the rear end as much. Looks like the departure angle took a performance hit. Hoping it is just the picture angles.
I think I preferred the showroom rear end too, I don't want the R1T turning into a square F150. I also share your departure angle concerns. I found this side profile picture, which I think makes me feel a bit better:
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(Sorry for poor resolution, this is a screenshot that was cropped from Instagram and I couldn't find the original source)
 
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