Millions of new trucks are sold in the U.S. every year, and while there are only a few all-electric offerings, there’s no truck as fast as the 2024 Rivian R1T. With 835 horsepower, the 2024 Rivian R1T can hit 60 mph in 3.0 seconds (a few tenths faster than a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500) and tow up to 11,000 pounds in near silence. Anyone who has purchased a REI tent or pair of hiking boots will feel familiar with the interior of this first-class outdoorsman. There’s a 15.6-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard and finely stitched leather upper and lower seats.
While EV trucks are somewhat special, the R1T has rivals. The Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and GMC Hummer EV SUT are the only other tents to consider in this segment. None of them do it like the Rivian, which features a handy gear tunnel for extra storage between the truck bed and the cabin. Its maximum DC fast charging speed of 220 kW nicely complements its EPA-estimated range of up to 410 miles. Add some off-road abilities to the equation and the R1T is one of the most capable electric vehicles of all time.
The 2024 Rivian R1T pickup gets a high-performance version for 2024 with a less expensive two-motor powertrain. A new Drive Cam feature lets you record video of the entire trip to a USB-C drive, much like the dash cam replacement Active. A driver-facing camera is no longer available and the story is the same for the 12-volt outlets in the cabin and trunk.
Prices for the 2024 Rivian R1T start at $80,800 and go up to $82,850 depending on trim and options. We’ll stick with the Adventure because it comes with several desirable features, including a Meridian stereo system and heated and ventilated front seats. Interior wooden decorations. We’d pay an extra $6,000 to upgrade to the larger battery and unlock more range. Likewise, the four-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain costs $8,000 more, but we think the extra performance is worth the price. If you don’t plan to tow a significant load, we’d skip the larger Max battery pack, as it increases range by 27 percent over the larger pack, but costs $16,000.
Its maximum DC fast-charging speed is 220 kW, and its EPA-estimated range is up to 410 miles, making it even more capable off-road and one of the most powerful electric vehicles ever built. In 2024 Rivian R1T launched three different types of battery packs. The standard battery pack has a range of 270 miles on a single charge, while the large and largest battery packs have a driving range of up to 352 miles (ca. 566 km) and 410 miles, respectively.
In our real-world highway test of 75 mph, our four-motor test vehicle, equipped with 20-inch all-terrain tires and a large battery, only offered 220 miles of range. We tested a second R1T quad-motor model with a large battery and 22-inch all-season tires, which had a range of 280 miles; a dual-motor model with a large battery also had a range of 280 miles.
In 2024, a less expensive two-motor performance version of the 2024 Rivian R1T pickup truck was launched. The new driving camera feature allows video of the entire trip to be recorded to a USB-C drive, which is like an active dash cam replacement. The driver-facing camera is no longer available, as are the 12-volt sockets in the cabin and front trunk. The R1T comes standard with all-wheel drive, but is available in dual- and quad-motor configurations. The maximum output power of dual-motor mode is 600 horsepower. The performance version’s dual-motor configuration unlocks 700 horsepower and 700 pound (0.32 t)-feet of torque.
With the optional four-motor configuration, the R1T can reach a maximum power of 835 horsepower. In our testing, this model sprinted to 60 mph (ca. 97 kilometers per hour) in just 3.0 seconds, making it the fastest pickup truck we’ve ever tested. The dual-motor model has a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.4 seconds, so the performance tradeoff isn’t huge. An air suspension is standard, with adjustable ground clearance from 8 to 14 inches (ca. 36 centimeters). Our first test drive in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains showed the R1T’s superior off-road capabilities as well as its strong performance on the road.
Rivian says each 2024 Rivian R1T has a maximum towing capacity of 11,000 pounds (ca. 4,990 kg), while the pickup’s payload is 1,760 pounds (ca. 798 kg). True to our suspicions, we found that pulling a trailer drains the battery faster than driving without a load, so buyers planning to take advantage of the vehicle’s. Towing capabilities may be better off waiting until the largest battery pack goes on sale. In our towing test, our R1T achieved just 110 miles (177.03 km) of range while towing a 6,100-pound dual-axle camper trailer at 70 mph (112.65 km/h).
The interior is designed with an upscale outdoor feel that will feel familiar to anyone who has ever purchased a tent or REI hiking boots. There is a 15.6-inch wide touch screen on the center console, and fine leather is stitched up and down the seats. While electric pickup trucks are a niche category on the market, the 2024 Rivian R1T has its competitors. The Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and GMC Hummer EV are the only other options in this market. But none of them have a gear tunnel that provides extra storage space between the truck bed and cab like the Rivian.