Having seen the video, we’re both impressed and horrified – but probably not in the ways you’d imagine! Watch this Rivian do its best.
One of the most common objections we’ve heard critics of EVs make is that you can’t run a battery-powered vehicle through water. Ignoring the fact that the US Navy has been doing exactly that for the last several decades, however, takes a certain sort of intellectual shielding that can usually only be penetrated with a “see for yourself” kind of exercise – and one new Rivian R1T owner recently found himself in a perfect position to prove that you can drive an EV through the water to the good people of Missouri.
Before we get to that, though, we’d like to share a bit of background on what you’re about to see, in the owner’s own words:
I’ve been looking forward to this for more than two years! I pre-ordered a Rivian R1T in February of 2020 and it was delivered May 2022 … oh the agony in waiting!
We frequently boat at Bear Lake in Idaho, which is known for very nice sand, Caribbean blue water and a very very gradual beach. There are only a few boat marinas at Bear Lake, so during the summer, launching a boat can require several hours of waiting in line. Also, the Bear Lake storms can be deadly too, so when there is a storm everyone wants to get off the lake at the same time within 20 minutes. This is a scenario where being able to launch and retrieve your own boat from the beach can save time, money, and keep people safe.
Normally people use highly modified vehicles or, more often, tractors to do this if they’re brave enough to try it at all. I’m guessing this is a first for a Rivain [sic], and I’d be surprised if the engineers even considered launching a boat from the a beach shore. Truly a good experience though.
Once I knew the R1T maximum water fording height was over 43 inches, I was instantly curious of whether I could launch my boat in Bear Lake Idaho.
What happens next? If you’re an engineer, you can probably guess – but, for the rest of you, you’ll want to press “play” to see what the Rivian is made of. Once you’re done with that, scroll on down to the comments section and let us know what you think of the electric truck’s performance. Enjoy!
2022 Rivian R1T at Bear Lake, Idaho Boat Launch
SOURCE | IMAGES: GARTH KOYLE.