Here’s Why the Rivian is the Future of Pickup Trucks

Here’s Why the Rivian is the Future of Pickup Trucks

rev up your engines, today I’m gonna talk
about the future of pickup trucks
there’s a company now called rivian
automotive they’ve had various names but
their CEO has a doctorate from MIT so
the guy’s no slouch there, they ended up in
Michigan in
2015 to be closer to their suppliers, and
now they’re working on only electric vehicles,
now 2017 rivian bought an old
Mitsubishi Factory in Normal Illinois
where they’re gonna be building these
electric vehicles, now there’s some money
behind these guys, in 2017 Sumitomo a big
Japanese company put an undisclosed
amount money into them to give them
capital to start building stuff, one was
an electric five passenger pickup truck
and the other was a seven passenger SUV,
popular things pickup truck and SUV, well
this obviously impressed some people
cuz in 2019 Amazon invested 700
million dollars into this electric car
company, and then again in 2019 Ford
Motor Company threw in another 500
million, now the electric pickup actual
production is scheduled for the year 2020
now Amazon’s no fool of a company, bezos
seems to know how to print money out and
Ford Motor Company it’s a smart move for
them, because really they know pickup
trucks, hey they’re not an electric
company, so it could be relatively easy
for Ford to take the rivian electric
bass and then slap a Ford pickup truck
on top of it, as the saying goes, why
reinvent the wheel, if you got a company
that’s building a good electric pickup
truck base, and ford adds all their
stuff on top of it, to me that makes
total sense, now both of the Rivian’s
vehicles use what’s called the
skateboard platform, they use the same
basic battery, people can put on that
skateboard assembly whatever they want
now this ribbing skateboard design each
wheel has its own motor, so it can be
controlled independently which means,
your not going to get stuck in the mud, each
wheel can have active
management, if one slips it can get more power
to the
other one,
talk about all-wheel-drive, you got a
motor at each wheel you can
really control them, now they have three
versions of battery packs and motors on
them, one is a hundred and five kilowatt
one is a hundred and thirty five
kilowatts, and the biggest one is a
hundred and eighty kilowatts it’s a lot
of power, and the most powerful one has
750 horsepower and 826 foot-pounds of
torque, I mean logically an electric
motor for a pickup makes total sense,
because of electric motors have full
torque all the time, as soon as you turn them
on all the power comes out, so they’d be
great for hauling things in the bed and
for towing things, the big old diesel
electric trains you see go down a train track
yeah they have diesel engines but they just
generate electricity, and the electric
motors are what drive to trains and
trains certainly can pull an awful lot
of stuff like a mile of trains can be
pulled by a few engines, there’s a lot of
power in electric motors for pulling, and
I know people are gonna say, yeah they
got power, but how long do they last
I don’t want to pickup truck that can go
80 miles and runs out of power,
well the hundred and eighty kilowatt
hour one is forecasted to have a range
of 400 miles, they pull that one off
probably gonna sell quite a few of these
things, and with a forecast of 0 to 60
time of acceleration in 3.2 seconds,
that’s a fast pickup truck, but then I
know people are gonna say, how long does it
take to charge these things up, they
claim that they can have a fast DC
charger set up, that can get an 80
percent charge in just 15 minutes,
hey the head of the company did graduate
from MIT it’s not the easiest school in
the world, and the forecasted payload in
the bed is seventeen hundred and
sixty-four pounds, so it can carry quite
a bit of weight, and the towing capacity is
going to be eleven thousand pounds of
towing, so I can do some serious towing too,
and as an added bonus they have what
they’re calling a frunk, it’s a trunk in
the front, it doesn’t have a engine anymore
and there’s a 12 cubic foot space
where the engine used to be that’s now a
trunk that you can put stuff in, a frunk,
now they’re planning on having a late
2020 model which they’ll probably market
as a 2021 vehicle, their not out yet but it
seems interesting to me, now if they can
really have a fast charger that
recharges at 80 percent in 15 minutes,
that’s gonna be a big sales point for
guys that want a serious pickup truck,
but I do have to wonder about one thing
a lot of the weight is below the wheels
electric, batteries weigh a lot
they’re really heavy, you got to put the
weight somewhere, yeah it’ll handle
better was it lower, but people buy
pickup trucks to drive all over the
place, and take care in Houston when
floods all the time, their always driving
flood water, if that battery and that
electronics is that low, I for one wonder
will these things be able to handle
water like that, or will the electronics
short out in them, because there’s an
example years ago a Mercedes Benz tried
electronic brakes on their vehicles, and
they found that the brakes being at the
wheels were always getting wet, and the
stupid things were getting corroded by
water, and a lot of them shorted out and
guess what Mercedes did, they said forget
that and they stopped making
the electric braking systems, so I do
wonder how all this electric stuff is
gonna be sealed on a pickup truck, that
guys are gonna take all over the place,
and hey if they’re driving them through
flood water and each wheel is a motor,
and the battery’s low, it makes me kind of
wonder, I mean hey the Germans made
u-boats that were basically diesel
electric that were underwater, but then
again that was inside I waterproof Hull
the inner Hull was waterproof, what’s
gonna happen with an electric pickup
truck with all that electronics down so
low, because like anything else old
Scotty says, hey wait till something’s around
a while to see what happens to it
personally I wouldn’t go jumping out and
buying an electric pickup truck, only to
find out whoa, you can’t drive them in any
water or all that stuff gets shorted out,
personally would wait on it, I find it
fascinating technology, but unless I
lived in Phoenix Arizona, someplace where
you don’t have to worry about water
intrusion, I might think twice about
buying an electric pickup truck, so now
you know a little bit more about the
future of electronic pickup trucks and
only time will tell if
it’s gonna be a success, is it gonna be a
failure, or is it gonna be something in
between, so if you never want to miss
another one of my new car repair videos,
remember to ring that Bell

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  2. Range is still a major issue, even at 400 miles unless there is a super fast charge capability that doesn't take much longer than a pit stop while traveling.

  3. What needs to be solved is the cost per unit.  Tesla is selling their cars for above $70K dollars.  This prices the average American out of buying one.  Also, the cost of battery replacement when the batteries wear out is crazy, something like $10,000 dollars to replace the battery.  Last, what about Battery disposal?  Can they be recycled or are they just trash when they wear out and we just thrown them in a land fill.

  4. An improperly sealed Battery pack in one of those trucks going through a flood has enough current to be fatal even at battery voltages.

  5. Sorry, Scotty, the Rivian looks like another fairly useless poser truck for rich people. Would you haul a 1/2 ton of firewood (tossed in) or a load of 1.5" gravel (dropped in), a bunch of rusty used auto parts bound for the junk yard in this silly shiny toy? Could you afford to?

    Scotty, would you clean out that nasty pack rat garage of yours using this poser truck? Please note, I have a pack rat garage (actually a whole barn) just like you.

    0 to 60 in what!? Why? Buy a real sports car FFS. How far would the truck go on a charge if the motors had half the power and acceleration was electronically limited to the "sane" setting, like 0 to 60 in 10 seconds. That would be more than enough power. Would it possibly go 600 miles on a charge? Could it go 800 miles? A person could work all week and charge on weekends. 500 ft lbs of torque would be just fine. 800+ ft lbs of torque sounds very expensive, out of reach for working people, in fact.

    I am looking for a simple, light weight, 1/2 ton, awd, cab over, flat bed with three drop gates, roll up windows, vinyl seats (for working) and some normal sized tires like 60 or 65 series (15" to 16") I can afford to replace without taking out a second mortgage. Make the bed height ergonomic, so some poor slob hefting 80 lb bags of dry cement and sand has a chance at finishing the day in one piece and doesn't get a lifelong case of hemorrhoids jumping down off the tail gate. Get rid of those too tall bed sides. Make the truck so people can see over the side and reach what is in there. If someone made one, it would sell like hotcakes, not just here, but all over the world. Working people don't need steps built into tailgates. They need lower truck beds on a useful truck made for work.

  6. Rivian- "has 826 lb-ft of torque and a range of 400 miles."

    2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD equipped with the 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel V8- "has 910 lb-ft of torque and a range of 430 miles."

    Yea electric vehicles are not exactly a technology advancement, folks.

  7. Hey scotty I have a 97 Lexus es300 I just finished replacing a bad condenser .after using the ac 2weeks blowing cold air .my ac light blinking and no more cold air.whats gives?

  8. Ten years ago I bought a fully loaded crew cab truck with 4×4 for $21k with 46k miles. Today you get a truck that’s almost ten years old with 100k miles for $20k.

  9. Electric vehicles aren’t a bad idea but hydrogen dioxide would be as good if not better.

    Electric cars in this country need a separate electrical grid. Our current grids won’t be able to handle daily peak charging periods.
    For those concerned about road trips, I suggest making “rest areas” again with a couple of tables, a couple of barbecue pits/grills AND recharging stations.

    This is for those who remember rest areas along the roadsides every so many miles.

    I think, if the government wants us to drive electric vehicles, they need to build separate/additional electric grids to handle the extra demand BEFORE we get overrun by electric vehicles. Just sayin.

  10. Off topic but I sold my Mercedes s series and bought a Lexus ls430 because of one of your videos and I couldn't be happier. (Liked) (Subscribed) 👍

  11. Hope it works for them, anything is better than breathing diesel fumes driving down the road,some of these vehicles driving if I'm driving behind them you can barely see the road with all the smog.

  12. If its gonna have a lithium ion battery its gonna be useless to most people who live in rural areas with no fast charge stations. It will leak power when its cold and eventually will need to be replaced for a new very expensive lithium ion battery. I don't see electric cars taking off until we invent better batteries.Will also take a lifetime to charge with standard wall outlets.

  13. To put this in perspective:

    I have a Team Losi brushless RC car with ONE electric motor that powers all 4 wheels. It only has 0.5 hp.
    It goes 76mph in about 2.5 seconds…

  14. Two things need to be in mined from my understanding :
    financially :
    A- how much the recharging would be – if available every we’re ?
    B- how much it gonna cost .

    in reality:
    – batteries do have difficulty in bad condition weather starting – cold weather – does this apply if yes , then it’s failure from the start.

    – in case of accident – what is the safety level with this loads of batteries- is it a safe company – or a boom shakalaka .

  15. I wish Rivian success and big backers make it feasible. But it's not easily to go against Musk. Competition is healthy, even better if it's American.

  16. In the demo they drive it through water they give how meters they can drive on their website. I like ALL the hidden spaces pass through and cubby wholes that pick up truck has.

  17. I wouldn’t worry about the Battery system. They are already able to run even when wet. Something to do with the Grounding. The Electric brakes were a totally different technology.

  18. Teslas can drive underwater and be perfectly fine. It's more like having to take your car in for repairs instead of diy projects

  19. Scotty is the perfect example of the benefits of a skilled trade. The man is self taught, and a mechanical genius. Instead of college a lot of young people should be encouraged to go be an apprentice for somebody like Scotty, we've got a lot of Scotty's, roofers, electricians, carpenters, stone cutters, you name it, all experts in their field.

  20. I hate how dumb cars are becoming lol give me a damn gas hogging chevy with a 305 or 350 and id be happy lol

  21. If electric cars were economically viable, they’d sell.. But they’re not, so they don’t… same holds true for trucks…

  22. You and everyone else just needs to MOVE THE HELL out of Houston! Those greedy bastards in Municipalities don't GIVE A DAMN for the Families that OCCUPY new homes in FLOOD ZONES. .(since 2005). and the BUILDING PERMITS keep being issued to commercial builders in FLOOD ZONES which is WRONG. Ask yourself how many hurricanes or floods have HAPPENED since H Katrina or H Rita? or H IKE? Houston's Municipalities KEEP giving out and issuing BUILDING PERMITS knowing damn well that flooding and deaths will keep happening. Houston needs a sea wall system and to DEMAND THAT BUILDERS do not build houses ON GRADE (on the ground level) anywhere from Montgomery County line (The Woodlands) down to Corpus Christie PERIOD. Houston needs to build NEW HOMES 15' off grade as a building code…as well as COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. They do this in Magnolia Texas wherein entire apartment buildings are ON STILTS. We all know that Houston Floods and that the Municipalities and the Governor have a people to PROTECT.

  23. My brother used to work at that Mitsubishi plant, then got laid off when they closed it. He recently got hired to work in the Rivian plant, so hopefully it will succeed.

  24. So what you’re saying is over $1 billion invested in a company which already has a factory that they moved into that was pre-built and two years later they have not produced a single vehicle. Good luck! Elon musk and tesla released all the patents for free.
    MIT or not I’ll believe it when I see it.

  25. Hey Scotty.. I live in Phoenix. We have monsoon storms here in the summer that are serious business. I drive an FJ to get as high above the water as possible. This is the last place you want to be if low electronics is an issue.

  26. Electric vehicles are the wave of the future. Like it or not. I wouldn't buy one of the first three or four years of production of a Rivian, but they'll get the bugs ironed out. Water in the motors and electronics? Likely. BUT. As you said these guys are smart. WAY above my pay grade. Great seals, allowing minuscule amounts of water into the motor and electronics. And maybe some heat to evaporate and discharge that water. Or, how about pressurizing the component so water can't get in? I'm no engineer, and these are likely dumb ideas for a number of reasons. The idea though is that folks a lot smarter than I'll ever be can visualize things I'll never see. So when Rivians have been around for a few years they'll likely take over pickup truck sales completely. Think about it. With a 2019 optioned out F 150 going for north of $70,000.00 Rivian can match or BEAT that price. Even with the battery pack, which are being improved all the time. Being an old goat (not greatest of all time) I hate to see my old standby losing out. Reality bites. I've no choice but to accept it.

  27. What's that gonna cost? And also how's it gonna run in Canadian winter's when it's -50 °c or the warmer winter days and your driving through a foot of slush. I think I will stick to combustion for now.

  28. The Rivian looks like one of the most important vehicle launches in a while. I think the design and plan look solid. 👍👍😎

  29. The Rivian factory mentioned is the former state of the art Mitsubishi plant in Normal ,IL. home of Illinois State University. You will likely see a lot of ISU design, engineering, and financial management input in these as well. I'd like to see the Rivians as soon as they are available- perhaps distributed via Ford dealers since Ford has already invested in them? If they produce electrics maybe there will also be a hybrid in the future too.

  30. Scotty, the peak power is not as important as the long term average power in an electric pickup truck. This is why pickup trucks that do any real hauling should not be electric, they have to be hybrid or full on gas.

  31. Rumor has it that Rivian knocked on Scotty Kilmers door to ask for some auto parts from his junky garage to put in their concept vehicle to show at the Detroit auto show next year. Is that true?

  32. Sounds neat, but my electric bill is still killing me….And I agree, electric and water?..hope they make it with more headroom at least…Thanks Scotty!

  33. Sign me up for one of these.
    Big bucks, with huge performance.
    Great channel…. found this 3 days ago and it's been a Scotty marathon .

  34. according to a rep for rivian-
    the truck and suv motors are sealed and will go into a water depth of 1 meter without problems. it can go up to 3 meters deep, but the buoyancy of the vehicle would float, unless you had more weight as in hauling something kinda heavy to keep it from floating, then it would go into 3 meters deep of water with no problems.

  35. For every cowboy f150 that is used for hauling and work truck there are 4-7 suburban cowboys f150s that just need a truck for around town meaning just throw some stuff in the bed or go to home depot to get some plywood for "honeydoo" stuff. This is why Rivian will not only succeed but will dominate unless Elon or Ford comes out with competitive alternative. Most Tesla buyers are "car" people not "truck" people. Well guess what as of present the f150, ram, silverado etc outsell the top 10 standard car models by a factor of 3 to 1 combined. There's reason Ford is synonymous with the F150 it's literally the most lucrative automotive platform for the last 50 years. I thank Elon for getting electrics going, but he hit the wrong market IMO in some ways but I can't blame him though. The Model S, X, and 3 compete with luxury like Lexus, Audi, etc…, so the high end was a safe landing spot/play starting out, but the real money is in trucks. Heck, some of the new Ram 1500's are competing withe luxury market right now. It's just crazy. Utility is the most needed across all demographics. Whether it's the construction worker to the soccer mom and the Truck and SUV are UTILITY. Next year is going to be a wild ride.

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