Rivian has announced that the batteries for the R1T electric pickup trucks and R1S SUVs will be comprised of Samsung SDI-branded batteries. The automaker claims it has been working with Koreans for a long time on the design of its batteries.
It is assumed that we are talking about pen-type batteries of standard 2170 – the same, only manufactured by Panasonic, used in Tesla Model 3 and Model Y cars. They will be located on two “plates” with a liquid cooling system in the middle.
The batteries themselves will be manufactured at the Rivian plant in Illinois. They will consist of standard blocks of 15 kilowatt-hours each. Initially, it was planned to provide customers with a choice of batteries for 105, 135 and 180 kilowatt-hours, but at the first stage, only medium-capacity units will be produced.
Rivian also has plans to make its own batteries. However, the company seems to be in no rush to implement them in anticipation of more advanced solid-state battery technology.
Recall that the Rivian R1T and R1S electric vehicles were presented at the end of 2018. Pickup deliveries were supposed to begin in late 2020, with SUVs delayed by a year. However, as a result, both cars will appear almost simultaneously in the summer of 2021.
To manufacture its cars, the startup acquired a closed auto plant in Illinois, where Mitsubishi cars used to be made.