Rivian electric trucks & battery packs are ready for harsh environments—and a second life

Looks like Rivian is building a battery pack that can withstand offroading and extreme terrain and keep on plugging along. The electric vehicle market is getting heated and hopefully, other than the big three who may have to play catch-up will see improvements on the electric truck category.

Rivian is different than any other electric-vehicle startup—primarily because of the way in which it aims to position its R1T pickup and R1S SUV to be lifestyle device, enabling adventure activities and weekend getaways.

In addition to normal day-to-day commuting conditions, weekends might involve hauling a lot of gear, towing boats or jet-skis, or even navigating rocky or muddy off-road trails.

For EV batteries, it’s an extreme test considering the range of temperatures, load levels, and…

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