The idea of overlanding in an electric vehicle, meandering miles and miles off the electrical grid for days on end, has so far been largely unfathomable, a bit terrifying, even. But we’ve seen that it’s not impossible, and now electric truck startup Rivian is hoping to make it more mainstream.
New Atlas reported that less than a year after turning heads with an LA Auto Show double debut, it made the trip to Overland Expo West to show how electric power can be a boon rather than bane for overland travel. Its all-electric pickup camper offers an estimated 400 miles of range, a roof-top tent and an electric kitchen.
Rivian has been hinting at the R1T’s overlanding capabilities ever since it showed a picture of the model with a roof-top tent during last year’s debut. Now it’s taking things a step further, bolting a Tepui roof-top tent over the bed and adding a slideout kitchen.
“We’ve been coming to Overland for a few years now, learning from this community how they use their vehicles,” explained Rivian Creative Director Larry Parker. “Much of what we’ve learned from Overland attendees has gone into our product design.”
EV disadvantages when it comes to long-distance travel are more pronounced, but the five-seat Rivian R1T does offer some advantages also. The lateral passthrough compartment just ahead of the rear tire has previously been marketed as an ideal storage space for the likes of snowboards and golf bags, but it also fits Rivian’s custom-designed slide-out kitchen prototype like a glove, freeing up bed space that might otherwise be dedicated to kitchen gear.
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