Audi e-tron GT
400 miles on a charge, 0–60mph in three seconds and a penchant for mud...
This is the R1T pickup truck, the first car to come from a company called Rivian working out of California and London, and – to be blunt – it is extraordinarily quick. Four electric motors – one on each wheel – are attached to Rivian’s new ‘skateboard’ platform, packaging the battery, drive units, suspension and brakes below the height of each wheel. Which means lots of passenger space but, more importantly, a low centre of gravity.
Three battery sizes will be offered: 180kWh (400 mile range), 135kWh (300 mile range) and 105kWh (230 mile range). Opt for the 135kWh one and you’ll see off 0–60mph in three seconds flat. You’ll also be able to go from 0–100mph in under seven seconds, with a top speed of 125mph. IN A TRUCK. Size-wise, it’s longer, wider and taller than a Nissan Navara, weighs 2.6 tonnes, is capable of towing 4,990kg, features double wishbones up front and multi-link suspension at the rear, as well as things like dynamic roll control, adaptive dampers and ride-adjustable air suspension.
Rivian has even fitted a range of hardware – cameras, lidar, radar, ultrasonic and GPS – to allow for Level 3 autonomy. And if you like to keep your cargo dry, there’s a seven-seater SUV version called the R1S.
“I started Rivian to deliver products the world didn’t already have,” explains Rivian boss RJ Scaringe. Pick up yours in 2020.
Four in-wheel motors produce e a total of around 750bhp... and a truck-load of torque