Rivian announced Monday that it will use Samsung SDI battery cells for its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV, as effectively as upcoming business vehicles.
Announcement of a battery provider is a vital piece of the information puzzle for the R1T and R1S, which are scheduled to start out manufacturing this summertime. Rivian beforehand said the R1T would start production at its Usual, Illinois, manufacturing facility in June, adopted by the R1S in August.
Rivian has by now mentioned a few particulars of its battery packs, exhibiting some modern cooling remedies that let it to pack cells extra carefully alongside one another than Tesla or other EV makers.
This will give the R1T extra than 300 miles of array with the 135-kilowatt-hour “Substantial pack” accessible at start. A 180-kwh “Max pack” for the R1T will enable far more than 400 miles of vary, but would not be obtainable right until early 2022. A 105-kwh pack selection affording 250 miles of array is also in the performs.
The company claims to have examined the pack in some incredibly intense environments, and says its battery management procedure can master for efficiency and battery lifetime. That is pretty essential given the designs or the R1T and R1S, which emphasize towing and off-roading.
Rivian appears assured that its battery packs will tackle the abuse of owners with lively life. The company revealed very last month that it will present a warranty that beats coverage given on other EVs—out to 175,000 miles.
Samsung SDI is an proven battery provider, providing cells for the BMW i3, amongst quite a few other autos.
Tesla and Samsung were being extremely shut to a offer for batteries in 2014, but it reportedly dissolved about issues demanding other factors to be purchased from Samsung’s SDI’s sibling divisions.