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Will it be EV maker’s Model 3 moment?

Will it be EV maker’s Model 3 moment?


The Rivian R2 lineup is because of debut March 7, the California-based electrical truck maker revealed Monday. 

Rivian has revealed little or no in regards to the R2 as of but, apart from that it will likely be smaller and lower-priced than the prevailing R1 lineup. Whereas the R1T pickup and R1S SUV are full-size vehicles—or inside just a few inches of full-size, by any American evaluation—the R2 lineup is anticipated to cowl a center floor that will additionally make it viable for Europe and plenty of different areas of the world, giving Rivian traction towards economies of scale. 

As such, it’s aimed for the mass-market—or a lot nearer to the mass market. Final June, Rivian CFO Claire McDonough revealed a goal value for the R2 lineup of $40,000 to $60,000. A Rivian R2S SUV at that value may probably present steep competitors for every part from the Tesla Mannequin Y to the Jeep Recon, whereas an R2T pickup would possibly present a completely electrical equal to the Ford Maverick or Hyundai Santa Fe.

Rivian R1T, green, vs. Rivian R1S, silver

Rivian R1T, inexperienced, vs. Rivian R1S, silver

The present R1 lineup begins at $80,800 for the R1T or $85,800 for the R1S, each together with vacation spot, Normal pack variations arrive this 12 months and can decrease the beginning value by one other $6,000—sufficient to get each variations beneath the $80,000 mark earlier than choices. 

Rivian additionally stated in its first environmental affect report, launched final month, that it goals to launch EVs “with half the lifecycle carbon footprint” of its 2022 R1 fashions by 2030—by elevated recycled-materials content material, manufacturing powered by renewable vitality, a decarbonized charging community, and extra. 

The automaker’s upcoming factory in Georgia, which is able to produce the R2, will probably play a giant position in each the price and environmental targets for the brand new mannequin. That plant Rivian has stated will permit a capability of 400,000 autos—along with the 150,000-vehicle capability of its Illinois plant the place the R1T, R1S, and EDV electric vans are made. In 2023, Rivian delivered 50,122, of these three fashions mixed.

Rivian R1T pre-production

Rivian R1T pre-production

Whereas Rivian is revealing the R2 subsequent month, don’t count on it to be fully in manufacturing type fairly but. That’s as a result of it’s not as a consequence of be produced till 2026. In November 2022, the R2 was delayed a year versus Rivian’s authentic plan, partly as a consequence of monetary causes. 

If Rivian performs it effectively, the debut may set the stage for a “Mannequin 3 second” for the corporate—primarily echoing the surge of interest Tesla stoked, after restricted curiosity in its earlier Roadster, S, and X, with the debut of the $35,000 Model 3 in spring 2016. 

Going again to the early levels, Rivian additionally deliberate a smaller, high-performance rally-styled EV that will comply with. Is that the R3 that the corporate has acknowledged can be on the best way, and is it an R3 variant or one thing fully distinct. We’ll should see whether or not Rivian teases on March 7 the way it all matches collectively. 



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