Rivian R1S Buyers Will Be Able To Choose Between Four Roof Configurations

Rivian has revealed that its upcoming all-electric R1S SUV will be sold with a number of different roof configurations depending on customer preference.

Taking to Twitter to respond to a question from someone who has pre-registered for the R1S, Rivian said its SUV will be available with an electrochromic glass roof that turns from opaque to transparent at the touch of a button, a fixed glass panel as a two-piece removable composite roof, and a standard fixed roof.

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Interestingly, the Twitter post made no mention of a tilting or sliding sunroof, a feature one may expect in a premium SUV. However, the presence of an electrochromic glass roof is, probably, a great alternative. The two-piece removable composite roof also sounds rather intriguing and could offer a similar open-air driving experience to the Jeep Wrangler.

Patents filed by Rivian last year revealed that both the company’s R1S SUV and R1T pickup truck will also receive a feature called ‘Tank Turn’ that will allow them to spin around on the spot thanks to the independent electric motors at each wheel. In June, we also discovered that Rivian’s upcoming models will support vehicle-to-vehicle charging.

Both EVs will be sold in a number of configurations. Entry-level models will use a 105 kWh battery pack with a range of about 240 miles (386 km). A 135 kWh battery will also be available and good for a range of 310 miles (498 km), while top-end models will have a massive 180 kWh battery pack.

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  • Bash

    Really cool and impressive.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Launch it already!

    • Thats_Disqus_ing

      They have said, at least since last November when they revealed both the R1T and R1S, that they are targeting production in late 2020. So far that has not changed. Gotta remember this is a company that was in stealth mode from 2009 to late last year. Clearly they are a company that prioritizes quality and would rather get it right than pre-maturely launching it when it’s not ready. Rivian’s mantra (at least one of them) is to “under promise and over delivery” unlike, say, a certain EV manufacture figure head.

      • StrangerGP

        On the other hand every year they’re not on the market the customers are turning towards other new EV’s. Plus most of them are already from established brands. In late 2020-2021 less people will want to take a risk with a completely new car maker.

        • Thats_Disqus_ing

          Yes, totally agree with you. My point was it’s not like they keep changing the date. If someone is interested in buying a Rivian they go into fully knowing it won’t be available any earlier than late 2020. Do they run the risk of losing people in the mean time, absolutely, but that’s a known risk from beginning. To build a vehicle from scratch and than mass produce it, from a clean sheet no less, is extremely challenging and takes time, just ask Elon Musk. Believe me, as a pre-order holder of a Rivian I would like to see it my driveway tomorrow, but I fully know that’s not going to happen, and quite frankly I’m OK with that if it means they are building a quality product. In the mean time could I end up seeing something else I like more and cancel my order, certainly. But that’s the risk with waiting for any new product to come onto the market.

          There are other means of keeping your current and potential buyers engaged while they wait to minimize them from possibly drifting away. Be more transparent about your progress. Participate or hold more events. Develop and release a smartphone app now instead around launch time. Byton is good example of this. They developed an app long before they launched reporting progress on their vehicles, the plant, upcoming events, hell, you could even configure the type of vehicle you wanted as part of your pre-order submission.
          It’s little things like that I believe would help Rivian (but need to get much better at) between now and the projected launch.

        • SD38439

          Who else will have an electric pickup to offer within the next two years?

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Ahh yes, I know this. i just want it now versus later, that’s all 🙂


  • AmericanPatriot4

    Vapor-Ware inc. is announcing new features? Nice.

    • Thats_Disqus_ing

      Not sure why you think their EAVs are vaporware. Rivian has had working prototypes since they revealed them at the LA Auto Show last November. They have and continue to drive these vehicles to events the participate in or host. They also started producing some pre-production models presumably for more comprehensive testing for both in-house staff and possibly third party like IIHS and NHTSA.
      Oh, unless your comment was directed at Tesla about their pickup.

      • AmericanPatriot4

        I think Tesla has earned their place as a real player in the market. Rivian doesn’t have anything on the market yet.

        And when you drag stuff out for too long and let your product become a victim of scope creep, you tend to see people start calling your stuff Vapor-Ware.

        • Thats_Disqus_ing

          No one said Tesla isn’t a real player in the market. They have accomplished much for the EV industry. I’m actually a fan of Tesla, but more so of the EV industry. But that doesn’t exempt Tesla from their latest lack of information and hype regarding their pickup. All they have released so far is a year old rendering of a gigantic pickup and a base price. I can’t think of a better example that fits the definition of vaporware.

          va·por·ware /ˈvāpərˌwer/ noun. INFORMAL•COMPUTING
          software or hardware that has been advertised but is not yet available to buy, either because it is only a concept or because it is still being written or designed.

          Again, Rivian has working prototypes that get driven all the time. By no stretch of the imagination would this be vaporware.

          Could Rivian fall victim to scope creep, certainly. But they have said since they revealed their EAVs last November of having a late 2020 production launch. That hasn’t changed (yet) so nothing is being “dragged out.” None the less, I do share your concern about scope creep to a degree if, say, it takes away from spending more time testing the existing vehicle amenities and safety features. On the other hand, perhaps the additional investments from Amazon ($700m) and Ford ($500m) has allowed them to expand their staff to come up with these additional features without losing any ground/time with their current development plan. Perhaps these features were planned all along and were factored into the development plan from the beginning (meaning not scope creep), etc. Frankly we just don’t know. The best we can do is trust their process *and* hopefully they continue, perhaps increase, their transparency on how the vehicles are progressing along to meet the late 2020 launch.

          • AmericanPatriot4

            Great response. I do have high hopes for them actually. I want the market to be turned upside down so that the consumers get an open market again.

            But if they can’t bring the truck to full market soon, I fear they will just shrink and die out.

        • SD38439

          Ha! Talk about vaporware — where’s the Tesla semi, $35,000 Model 3, autopilot, etc that coke-bloat Musk has been promising for years? Rivian on the other hand have a solid plan and a partnership with Ford, which that alone should tell you this is the real deal, and not the absurd ponzi/carbon tax scheme that is known as Tesla (who BTW burn over $9 million per day, yet still haven’t made one penny from selling a car).

  • Bobby Lee

    Can’t even copy/paste the tweet correctly. #crapjournalism

  • ErnieB

    The electric bronco.. cool beans..lol

    • you mean the Bollinger B1?

      this is more of an electric grand Cherokee.

  • Jimmy McGovern

    Shouldn’t the tagline for this article say “4 roof configurations”? Directly from your Twitter citation:

    Hi Steven! We will offer multiple roof styles including (1)electrochromatic glass(which turns from opaque to transparent on demand), (2)a fixed glass panel, (3)a two-piece removable composite roof and a (4)standard fixed roof.

  • Don’tBeSoStupid

    Looks like a Escalade/ JLR knock off you would find on GTA, matching name included.

  • dantheman

    It’s a shame there’s no 2 door configuration available.

  • Belthronding

    Super hot

  • Paul

    This looks interesting, although the front styling reminds me of something from a cartoon. I hope they’re able to pull it off.

  • Peter Cesca

    When and where can I order a new rivian R1T in Australia?

  • Thats_Disqus_ing

    Actually, I don’t believe the roof options are only for the R1S (SUV). According to Rivian’s FAQ section on their website, the same question is posed but non-EV specific, meaning, it implies the roof options would be available for either the R1S or R1T (pickup). Here’s the excerpt from their FAQ section:

    What roof options can I expect?

    We will offer multiple roof styles 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.

  • ok cool,

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