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Rivian R1T electric pickup has water all the way to the headlights

Plunging an electric car into water is a funny idea that would not occur to mind! Yet this is the test that Rivian inflicted on his pickup.

Rivian is actively preparing the finalization of its pick-up R1T. Latest test to date, the “swimming pool” test! Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe announced with a teasing air: “Our engineers are going to take a dip! “

The aim of this test is to validate the immersion capacity of the R1T. Are customers at risk of breaking down in the middle of a body of water? Will water seep in? Questions that this life-size test must answer.

Water to the grille

While submerging a car may seem incongruous, it should not be forgotten that pick-ups are primarily intended for professional use. Therefore, it is not impossible that they can be faced with any type of terrain, including lookout passages. (Of course, there’s a good chance that most owners of this machine will never really stray away from well-paved roads).

The depth of the pool is not indicated. However, with a water level reaching the top of the grille, we can estimate it at plus or minus 1 m. A substantial depth that we do not encounter every day!

Delayed deliveries

While the first deliveries should have intervened last July, the American brand announced that these should be able to be honored this September.

As a reminder, this large electric pick-up, which does not communicate on the power of its batteries, promises 480 km of autonomy in its launch version before the launch in 2022 of a version that should be able to travel up to 640 km in a single charge!

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