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64 THE SHOP MAY 2019 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ rvine, California-based Rivian has debuted the first two electric- powered off-road vehicle models it plans to deliver to customers in 2020, and has benefitted from an equity invest- ment round led by Amazon that raised $700 million. The company's launch products, the R1T and R1S, deliver up to 400-plus miles of range and are designed to provide per- formance, off-road capability and utility, according to the company. The vehicles use a flexible skateboard platform and will be produced at Rivian's manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois. "We're inspired by Rivian's vision for the future of electric transportation," said Jeff Wilke, CEO worldwide consumer at Amazon. "(Founder RJ Scaringe) has built an impressive organization, with a product port- folio and technology to match. We're thrilled to invest in such an innovative company." Rivian will remain an independent com- pany. Amazon led the most recent invest- ment round, which included participation from existing shareholders. The company's Electric Adventure Vehicles line debuted at AutoMobility LA with the all-electric R1T, a five-passenger pickup, and the R1S electric SUV. The R1T truck features a wading depth of 1 meter, and the performance and precise control of quad-motor AWD, according to Rivian. The foundation of the R1T and R1S is Rivian's skateboard platform, designed to efficiently package the battery pack, drive units, suspension, braking and thermal system all below the height of the wheel, leaving the space above for occupants and their gear, according to Rivian. Beyond the packaging benefits, the archi- tecture delivers a low center of gravity that supports the vehicle's agility and stability, and a sophisticated suspension architec- ture with unequal-length double-wishbone suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear. The vehicles also feature a quad-motor system that delivers 147kW with precise torque control to each wheel, enabling active torque vectoring and maximum performance, from high-speed cornering to low-speed rock crawling, the company noted. With 3,500 Nm of grounded torque per wheel (14,000 Nm of torque for the full vehicle), the R1T can reach 60 mph in 3 seconds and 100 mph in less than 7 seconds. The powertrain and chassis also enable the R1T's tow rating of 11,000 pounds. Rivian has developed its connected car platform from a clean sheet to allow full control and flexibility over the vehicle hard- ware, software and user experience. EDITOR'S NOTE: This ar ticle originally appeared on THE SHOP's website. Sign up for our free eNewsletter that brings all the industry news to your inbox daily at The Electric Market Heads Off-Road I \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ ONE MORE THING... Rivian's all-electric R1T and R1S deliver up to 400-plus miles of range and are designed to provide performance, off-road capability and utility. The company benefitted from an equity investment round led by Amazon that raised $700 million.

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