The R1T pickup truck is tow rated for up to 11,000 lb and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the range can go from 314 miles (505 km) to 135 miles (217 km) when there’s an extra load attached.
That might seem exaggerated, but according to a post on a dedicated forum, hitching a boxy, heavy trailer will translate into exactly what the EPA said – a halved total range. This is partly because we can’t change physics, and partly thanks to the fact that batteries aren’t as great as people want them to be yet.
This owner confirmed they got a median result of 0.96 miles per kWh for a 2022 Rivian R1T fitted with a standard 135-kWh battery pack. That’s almost precisely what the EPA said the all-electric Rivian truck would do when towing.
Sure, filling up an internal combustion engine vehicle is way easier, but we can see now that if fast charging options are available, using an EV truck would be much more convenient and cheaper. Plus, let's not forget that an F-150 will also halve your range while towing a similar road.
Moreover, the owner said the instant torque was of much more use when maneuvering the heavy trailer. The simple drivetrain allows for no struggle. You just press the acceleration and there it goes.
It might not seem so, but this is a win for this Rivian mid-sized pickup truck. It shows strength and potential for even better results on longer towing journeys.
The only thing that remains to be tested now is how the 180-kWh battery (the max pack) would perform in a similar scenario or in a colder climate.