EPA Report Reveals Dual-Motor Rivian R1S Range
Range and power figures certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have come out for the Rivian R1S Dual Motor and have been shared by the relevant forums. Things are looking pretty good, too. Depending on how it’s optioned, owners could be seeing 348 miles of range between charges — which is actually better than the automaker had previously speculated.
One of the biggest issues holding back all-electric vehicles has been range anxiety. With everything but at-home charging taking longer and being generally less convenient than traditional fueling, EVs are often seen as less practical when it comes to longer journeys.
While your author is of the opinion that anything below 300 miles is totally unacceptable for any primary vehicle, Rivian’s base R1S only yields 260 miles between charges. Fortunately, the company is willing to sell you a larger battery pack that brings the Quad-Motor model up to an EPA-estimated 320 miles.
Considering the base model costs roughly $78,000, there’s no such thing as an affordable R1S. But the Quad-Motor variant offering a useful amount of range is brutally expensive, requiring you to splurge on the $6,000 battery pack in addition to the $8,000 setup that installs an electric motor in every wheel hub. You’ll be spending $92,000 to get the screaming 835-horsepower monster.
Fans of the brand have been eagerly awaiting the Dual-Motor R1S with the larger battery pack, as it was assumed to offer improved range and more than enough power estimated to peak somewhere around 700 horsepower.
Based on EPA testing documents shared by the Rivian Forums, we now know that the model is supposed to boast 708 horsepower. However, that likely pertains to the Performance update brand offers for an additional $5,000. Standard units that have not been issued the relevant over-the-air updates should come in somewhere around 600 horsepower.
That means the powertrain is capable of more and has been electronically neutered by the manufacturer so it can upsell you on the Performance package. It also means that people will eventually figure out how to jailbreak the R1S to squeeze more juice from the electric motors. But Rivian will assuredly complain about this, undoubtedly preferring servile customers willing to spend more money.
The above may likewise indicate that EPA testing only pertained to the Performance version. If so, that means the standard Dual-Motor R1S would likely offer improved range when paired with a larger battery pack. However, all we have are the figures outlined in the report and they would seem to suggest numbers associated with the R1S.
Depending on how customers configure their wheels and tires, the combination of the Dual-Motor and Large Battery can yield a maximum range of 348 miles with 21-inch wheels and street tires. However, selecting larger wheels or all-terrain tires brings that number down. The worst combo seems to be the 20-inch wheels wrapped in rubber designed to be taken off-road. This tracks with what we’ve seen with other vehicles, regardless of powertrain. But it’s nice to know you can still get an off-road-focused EV capable of exceeding 300 miles between charges.
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