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2022 Rivian R1T Launch Edition rides clean, gets dirty

We head off-road high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to see if Rivian's 2022 R1T Launch Edition light-duty electric truck was worth the wait.

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Antuan Goodwin
Antuan Goodwin gained his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and electrification to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable.
Antuan Goodwin
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Rivian's R1T is the first fully electric light-duty truck to begin customer deliveries.

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The pickup is powered by a quad-motor electric powertrain totaling over 800 horsepower and 900 pound-feet of torque.

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The minimalist design features thick horizontal light bars at either end and pill-shaped headlamps up front.  

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The wide-eyed fascia gives the pickup an approachable, cartoonish aesthetic. 

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Plugging in the electric pickup at a 200-kW DC charging station rapidly adds up to 140 miles of range in about 20 minutes.

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With a full charge and rolling on the standard 20-inch wheels, the EPA estimates the R1T's cruising ranges at 314 miles. Opting for all-terrain 20-inch or sport 22-inch rolling stock can reduce that range by as much as 15%. 

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The electric platform frees room for unique storage spaces like the front trunk and the pass-through Gear Tunnel tucked between the rear doors and the bed.

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The R1T will be followed by the R1S, an electric SUV built on the same underpinnings and tech.

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The Launch Edition is sold out, but shoppers can reserve an R1T Explore or Adventure spec with a $1,000 deposit.

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Pricing starts at $67,500 for the base Explore model or $73,000 for the Adventure trim with more creature comforts.

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We've got almost too many pics of the R1T, so keep scrolling to see more. Or check out our first drive review for more details and impressions.

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