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Rivian updates R1 with new motors, battery packs for improved performance and lower costs

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Rivian (RIVN) unveiled its updated R1 pickup and SUV, with enhanced features and new drivetrains aimed at making its electric vehicles cheaper to build.

The R1T pickup and R1S SUV maintain their distinctive exterior design. Most of the changes are done under the hood as well as with software. The biggest changes come with its electric drive units; the Rivian-built dual-motor remains as the base configuration, but now the EV maker is also offering its own motors for a new tri-motor setup as well as the range-topping quad-motor drivetrain.

The electric drive units in the prior quad-motor setup came from German supplier Bosch; motors for that and the new tri-motor setup will now be built by Rivian. The company says the quad-motor R1T now offers 1,025 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. The prior version with Bosch motors had an output of 835 hp and could do 0-60 mph in 3 seconds.

New Rivian R1S SUV (credit: Rivian)

New Rivian R1S SUV (credit: Rivian) (Rivian)

“We continue to evolve our flagship R1 vehicles, offering quality and performance without compromise. Our revamped R1S and R1T push the technical boundaries further, creating our most capable products to date,” Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said in a statement.

Rivian also said its large and max battery packs have redesigned modules and new “more efficient” packaging, which the company says makes them easier to manufacture and service and offers up to 420 miles of range, an increase of 10 miles.

Rivian is also offering new battery chemistry with a cheaper lithium iron phosphate (LFP) standard battery pack, with an EPA-estimated 270 miles of range. Rivian is also offering a heat pump as well, which aims to cool and heat the vehicle more efficiently.

New Rivian R1 battery pack (credit: Rivian)New Rivian R1 battery pack (credit: Rivian)

New Rivian R1 battery pack (credit: Rivian) (Rivian)

On the software and autonomy side, the company is now offering an enhanced self-driving system with 11 cameras, five radar sensors, and “AI prediction technology.” Rivian said the system’s computer module is 10 times more powerful than…

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