7,776 cells linked together make the R1T's 'megapack' the worlds largest according to a Rivian executive.
This, along with other key features that should position the R1T and future Rivian products to be successful, were learned in a recent interview that Automotive News, held at Rivian's Plymouth, Michigan facility.
We've seen the challenges that Tesla faced and Rivian is hoping to get around some them. Aside from its own advanced battery design, proven parts from top industry suppliers will present another edge.
Still, lots of skepticism and questions are left although seeing over $1-Billion in funding from Amazon and Ford is a clear sign of confidence from these major players. Hopefully more will be learned as real world testing kicks off around summer 2019.If Rivian buys such things as tie-rod ends, ball joints, fasteners, window regulators and other parts that go in, on and under the vehicle from the industry's top suppliers -- components, systems and technologies that have already been tested to extremes -- no one will care if an F-150 or a Subaru Forester uses the same type of system as long as it works properly.
Stay tuned as we follow developments.