Some potential electric pickup truck buyers are concerned about the loss of range when towing, which is certainly a valid concern, although there are many variables at play. In this video, we see how the Rivian R1T performs behaves when it comes to towing different trailer configurations. The objective is to find out whether the weight or shape of a trailer has a greater impact on the electric range of the R1T.
If you follow Inside electric vehicles regularly, and/or you are a fan of our own growing Kyle Connor family Out of specification YouTube channels, you probably know he recently got his hands on a Rivian R1T. In typical “Kyle” fashion, he doesn’t just do the typical review video followed perhaps by another video on a related topic. No, Kyle and his team are churning out video after video to reveal everything they can about America’s first all-electric pickup truck.
That said, they didn’t have much time and they were eventually on the fly to gather non-stop cover from the R1T. The video gives us our first look at weight versus aerodynamics when it comes to towing with an electric vehicle. Kyle admits this only scratches the surface, as his team did their best to explore it on the fly with the limited resources at their disposal.
Before heading into the test, Kyle and the gang raise concerns about the R1T’s small brake lights and turn signals. Specifically, the different lights have interesting functionality depending on whether or not you press the brakes, the turn signal only, or have the hazards on. However, the biggest concern is addressed later in the video, and it has to deal with brake lights and regenerative braking.
Anyway, they load up a flatbed trailer for the first test before doing 70mph range tests. During the testing process, Kyle goes through the Rivian’s touchscreen settings in detail. You’ll have to watch the video for all the specifics, but in the end the R1T boasts a fuel economy rating of just 1.09 miles/per kWh.
The team removes the heavy load from the trailer and fabricates wooden ballast to make it extremely inefficient. It’s not as heavy anymore, but it has a lot of drag, so much so that the makeshift contraption seems to shift while driving. Data shows that the R1T was only able to travel 0.77 miles per kWh with the ballast in place.
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