The new Enduro drive unit will allow Rivian to cut costs and offer more affordable options to the customers. Its current motors are based on a Bosch design, even if Rivian modified them and took care of manufacturing. The Enduro is the first electric drive unit Rivian conceived on its own.
In a conversation shared on Twitter with Silva Hiti, Rivian’s senior director for Electric Power Conversion, Scaringe asked her to introduce the new Enduro drive unit. The director said it delivers more than 600 hp and “a lot of torque,” but she did not say precisely how much. Silva showed the inverter is located on top of the drive unit and seems proud that everything was “completely designed in-house.”
The New Zealand tests show that Rivian is pushing to present the new vehicles with the Enduro drive unit as soon as possible. The Inflation Reduction Act offers a good reason for that: to retain the current federal tax credit of $7,500, many pre-order holders are turning their purchase intentions into a bidding contract regardless of when they will receive their cars. If the U.S. government does not challenge that in court, it should be enough for them to save $7,500. The new rules will exclude current Rivian vehicles from the benefit.
Besides the new Enduro drive unit, Rivian will also present an LFP battery pack for the EDV platform until the end of 2022. The company also wants its vehicles to work at 800V, making charging faster and reducing vehicle weight.
Winter testing our ‘Enduro’ dual motor in New Zealand! pic.twitter.com/4yHBTbd4Dx— RJ Scaringe (@RJScaringe) August 8, 2022
Exciting spending time with Silva and our team in our Electric Power Conversion facility in Carson. Our single motor drive unit ‘Enduro’ is making great progress! pic.twitter.com/PT6f0HDTNc— RJ Scaringe (@RJScaringe) August 6, 2022