If you’re still not convinced that an electric truck can do everything its gas-powered counterpart can do, a new video should allay your skepticism.
A four-minute clip posted to YouTube earlier this week by the Paddle Pedal Pedal user shows the Rivian R1T taking on the infamous Hells Gate in Moab, Utah. And while the steep incline is a tough demand for even the most muscular off-roader, the startup’s battery-powered pickup was able to scale it with surprising ease.
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Hells Gate, which is located in the San Flats Recreation Area in eastern Utah, is a rock covered path known to be steep and dangerous. It is also, as Autoblog points out, a popular place for off-road enthusiasts to test the courage of their 4x4s. In other words, a vehicle must have brute force under the hood to conquer it.
And that’s exactly what the R1T can be seen in the Paddle Pedal Pedals video. It doesn’t exactly go up the trail, but over the course of four minutes the EV’s tires grip the rough surface and slowly but steadily lift it up the slope. There are no noticeable moments of hindsight, just steady, methodical progress. Even more impressive: the video description claims that this is an original R1T that has not been altered in any way.
Of course, the performance of the truck in the clip shouldn’t come as a total surprise. Ever since the R1T was first announced, Rivian has insisted that the electric vehicle would be able to do everything a gasoline truck could do and more. The zero-emission pickup features a four-engine powertrain that can generate 800 hp and 900 lb-ft of torque, a towing capacity of 11,000 pounds and a range of 400 miles, if you go with the larger one. drums. Not too bad for a vehicle that starts at $ 67,500.
Best of all, you won’t have to wait any longer to duplicate the feat of the video yourself. Earlier this month, the R1T became the first battery-powered pickup to go into production, and deliveries have already started. Our only suggestion, if you are not an experienced off-road driver, is: start at a small hill.
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