Upstart, pure-electric truck maker Rivian took a couple of its vehicles to the Overland Expo West event over the weekend. There, it was underscoring the truck’s off-road bona fides. More interesting, it revealed a concept electric stove that slides in and out of the R1T pickup’s gear tunnel.
- To emphasize its capabilities as a real truck, Rivian brought its R1T to Overland Expo West.
- Not only did it show off the truck, it unveiled a camping accessory powered by the trucks on-board battery pack.
- The stove, sink, lighting package can be used for a week while only using 11% of the trucks battery.
On it, owners can use the electric stove surface to prep meals alongside an integrated sink and water storage tank. Rivian brags that you can power your campsite lights and also cook for a week on the stove and still only use 20 kWh of electricity — around 11% of the truck’s onboard electricity supply.
That’s not the only way the truck is ideal for overlanding, camping, and off-roading. First of all, the R1T has all-wheel drive, with four independent 200-horsepower electric motors. It can tow 11,000 pounds. With air suspension, it can lift itself to offer 14 inches of ground clearance. And since its battery pack — the largest in the automotive industry — is sealed, it can ford up to three feet of water. Plus, Rivian says it will offer optional skid plates, if drivers want to further protect the totally flat underbody. And it has an onboard air compressor for airing up and down the vehicle’s tires.
As I’ve discussed before, after Land Rover made an April Fool’s joke about installing a remote charging station miles from the nearest road, I think that EVs could make for great off-road and overlanding vehicles. That’s because it’s pretty counterintuitive to go out and appreciate nature while also pumping additional carbon into the atmosphere. EVs solve that — not to mention all the other built-in off-road benefits they offer.
If you’re wondering who will be the first to bring a pure-electric pickup truck to market, you should read my opinion piece on the subject.