Despite a few hiccups along the way, Rivian's electric pickup was a champ during this grueling off-road test.
Should be an interesting read.
You are reading the article wrong if you think the underbody shield didn't protect the truck. Without the shield in place the battery might had been damaged and set on fire at some point. Any skid plate will bend out of shape or will even be partially ripped off the truck if hit hard enough. I have seen several do that on ICE trucks.So the Rivian was damaged despite having the off-road package (with the reinforced and extended coverage under body shields). These shields didn't do a good job at protecting the Rivian, according to the write up, it's basically plastic shields held up with plastic clips. I'm seriously considering removing this Off-Road package for my R1T and R1S, save $4000...
Emme is wrong about the skid plate being plastic. The Rivian website says this:Interesting notes in there on the skid plate. I sure hope the off-road package replaces the plastic with metal