Rivian R1T And R1S To Be Offered In Australia

Rivian says it intends on launching both the R1T electric pickup and the R1S SUV in Australia.

Like in the United States, pickup trucks and SUVs are extremely popular in Australia and while recently speaking with Stuff, Rivian chief engineer Brian Gase said that the company’s two models will be launched Down Under.

“Yes, we will have an Australian launch and I can’t wait to come back to Australia and show this to all of those beautiful people,” he said.

According to Gase, it is difficult for the company to put an exact date on an Australian launch as the car manufacturer will need to carefully select the right markets to first venture into.

“The ‘when’ is a tough question. How do you pick the right strategic markets on what’s core to your brand, where you’re going to see sales? And that’s why Australia is so exciting to us because you guys share a lot of the off-road and nature values that I think we have as a company. And you’re not on Italian narrow roads where this vehicle is a harder footprint to fit in,” he said.

Also Read: Ford Teams Up With Rivian For New Battery Electric Model

“The truck makes sense in the Australian market. We see significant value, particularly with the SUV in right-hand drive markets. And we’ve communized everything on the vehicles forward of the B-pillar, so by default, getting a right-hand-drive truck is a low barrier, because I’ve got a right-hand-drive SUV.”

Both the Rivian R1T and R1S are based on a ‘skateboard’ platform where the batteries are located beneath the floor and individual electric motors power each wheel. Rivian intends on selling the two vehicles with a series of different battery packs, including a massive one with 180 kWh.

Rivian will build its vehicles at a former Mitsubishi production facility in Normal, Illinois and plans on starting deliveries in about 18 months. Rivian chief executive R.J. Scaringe has previously said that he wants to introduce six vehicles by 2025.

more photos...
  • delila

    I typically rake in on average $8061 monthly on-line . That is awesome net income to upgrade from my old underpaid work , Together with the novelty concerning it is that I now do all my business in just two or three hrs day after day which simply leaves me extra of free moments rather than what I had before with my little ones. Here’s how you can start out->->-> QT.MS/wCjoNsS

  • Paulbe

    Beautiful people? I suppose grovelling to the target market can be good business.

  • WHY NOT?

Corvette Dyno Results? Differently DyNO As Motor Trend Admits Mistake

The original dyno results for the 2020 Corvette were created using two incorrect settings.

Digital Keys Are Getting Smarter, Will Provide Access Even If Your Smartphone Is Dead

In the future, owners won’t even need to pull out their smartphone to unlock their car.

2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel Arrives Stateside, Though Only In Unlimited Guise

According to Jeep, the 2020 EcoDiesel is the torquiest, most fuel-efficient Wrangler to date.

2020 Cadillac CT5 Fails To Stand Out, But That Doesn’t Make It A Bad Choice

Cadillac’s new CT5 offers a balanced package among compact premium sedans, but it’s not a contender for the first spot.

2020 Genesis GV80: First Look At Profile And Digital Instrument Panel

The GV80 will have an upscale interior with premium leather, wood trim and metallic accents.

New 2020 Skoda Octavia Vs. Predecessor: What’s Different?

The Skoda Octavia is now more modern, practical, comfortable and fuel efficient than ever.

2020 Volvo S90 Facelift – If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

The mid-life update of the Volvo S90 flagship will include a lot of new tech.

We’re Driving A Suzuki Jimny, What Do You Want To Know?

The Suzuki Jimny is loved around the world, is it as good as everyone says?.

The Pedestrian Steering Horn Is A Wonderful Idea For A Dystopian Future

Why talk to people when you can simply honk? Enter the ‘Pedestrian Horn’.

2025 Ford Mustang Electric Study Envisions Muscle Car Of The Near Future

Hypothetical renderings give us an idea of what an all-electric Ford Mustang could look like.