Journalist and offroad racer Emme Hall talks to me about her experience driving the Rivian R1T electric 4X4 in the Rebelle Rally, a 8-day offroad navigation event and a very good test of the vehicle. We cover everything from charging to handling to tyre sizes and one-pedal driving.
00:00 introduction 00:45 about Emme and the test 03:20 introducing the R1T 05:20 range, charging 05:50 range extrapolation 06:50 nature of the rally's terrain 09:05 tow charging 12:00 initial impressions, difference to ICE vehicle 12:35 storage, gear tunnel, frunk etc 13:15 why not just use a generator to recharge? 14:00 how the R1T was charged in the desert 15:52 what's it like inside the Rivian; comfort, height etc 17:05 how far away is the R1T from showroom-ready 18:20 air suspension discussion, performance 20:15 high speed handling 22:30 individual wheel drive discussion vs diffs, lockers 27:00 dynamics of the car with IWD 27:48 are EVs more or less fun than ICE? 29:20 one-pedal driving and regen offroad 31:50 driving without the assistance low range 33:50 crawl control and ATPC 34:55 throttle response and driving modes 36:40 anything that R1T couldn't do? 37:25 batteries - 135 vs 180kWh, production vs pre-prod 39:35 effect of temperatures 43:15 driving on tarseal/pavement/bitumen!!! 44:20 NVH (noise/vibration harshness) 46:35 quietness of EV 47:40 reliability problems 49:30 navigate in miles or km? 49:50 compressor noise and use 51:10 wheel/rim diameter