New OTA Update Brings Massive Range Gains

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The Rivian R1S and R1T now have improved real-world ranges thanks to this recent software update version 2023.02.03. The update increases depth of discharge of the battery on both electric trucks, giving it more usable battery capacity.

Although Rivian did not disclose what amount of its 135 kWh battery is now usable, previously the figure was 128.9 kWh. And with regard to how much range has risen, owners on Twitter are posting their findings. After the software update, one R1T owner reported a 14-mile increase in range at 85% – meaning a 16.4-mile rise overall. Others reported similar figures.

Owners on the r/Rivian subreddit indicated increases in their range as well, with the three drive modes offering 347 miles on Conserve, 315 on All-Purpose, and 311 on Sport following the installation of 2023.02.03.

In addition to the range improvements, Rivian rolled out a key fob update that improves connection reliability and latency for faster locking and unlocking. A new Door Ajar notification also is included, which will alert owners on their phones through the app if a door isn’t locked due to it not being fully shut.

Additional improvements included reduced steering effort to maintain straight-ahead driving on crowned roads, software containment for frunk latch sensors, which could reduce overnight range loss, range estimation fixes in Tow Mode, and other media improvements.

Rivian currently only offers one battery pack – the aforementioned 135 kWh unit. A more affordable 105 kWh battery will be available in a few month’s time and is currently displayed on Rivian’s website, as is a 180 kWh "Max Pack" capable of over 400 miles per charge.

Equipping the Max Pack will cost R1S and R1T buyers an extra $8,000 over the 135 kWh Large Pack that’s currently available. Meanwhile, opting for the Standard Pack will save you $8,000 however it will also result in the quad-motor system being swapped out for a less powerful dual-motor setup.

Rivian produced 24,337 electric trucks last year, of which 20,332 were delivered to customers. The firm aims to rapidly scale up in 2023, with a production target of roughly 60,000 units.