Rivian R1T Vs. Tesla Cybertruck: What Electric Truck Should You Buy?

When it comes to Electricku Pick Up, Rivian and Tesla are leading the way. Both automakers just released their new trucks, Rivian R1T brings a traditional double cabin set up, similar to the other vehicles from its category. Teslas’s Cybertruck comes with an steel exoskeleton, futuristic movie-like design, almost like saying “welcome to the future.” Still, the taste and choice for design are pretty subjective so this article won’t say too much about this subject.

The two models bring innovations that you can check out when we put those cars side by side in this article. If you are in doubt about which of those cars you should buy, check the specs, it’s going to make your choice a lot easier. Neither model is out for production, so this comparison is hypothetical, and the specifications could change according to what is to come.

  Rivian R1T – 135kWh Tesla Cybertruck – Dual Motor
Range 300+ miles 300+ miles
Charging 160 kW 250kW
Bed Size 4,5’ 6.5’
Towing capacity 11,000 lbs 10,000 lbs
Max ground cearance 14.1 in 16 in
Seats 5 6
Approach/Departing angles 34º / 30º 35º / 28º
Price + $ 70,000 $ 49,900

Both trucks are large, the Rivian R1T measures 217 inches from bumper to bumper, 79.3 inches wide, and 71.5 inches tall. At 231 inches long, the Cybertruck is 79.8 inches wide and 75 inches tall, bigger than its competitor.

The R1T offers space for five passengers, and a digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a touchscreen for the infotainment system embedded into the middle of the dashboard. Cybertruck offers seating for six (the sixth passenger is located in a foldable seat between the driver and the front passenger), and there’s no instrument cluster. The driver steers using a rectangular tiller that we often see on concept cars. It is available with Tesla’s Autopilot suite of electronic driving aids. Buyers can pay extra for full self-driving.

R1T has three lithium-ion battery pack sizes to choose from: 105 kWh, 135 kWh, and 180 kWh. The variant models will boast a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.9, 3.0, and 3.2 seconds, respectively correspond to a maximum driving range of 230, 300, and 400 miles. Cybertruck will offer three different battery options: entry-level with 250 miles of range and a zero-to-60-mph time of 6.5 seconds, the second option goes up to 300 miles of range and takes 4.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, and the top of the line model with a 500-mile range and a fantastic 2.9-second zero-to-60-mph time.

When you think of performance and towing capacity of a great pick up truck, you should look deep in these specs. For now, Tesla brings a more significant package at a better price, range, and towing capacity. The final question is: Which design would you buy?


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