Rivian Answers Questions About Dual Motor Variant

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In the email sent out to Rivian preorder holders for the 400-mile variant, the automaker made some important updates to the configuration options for the R1T vehicles. Firstly, Rivian announced that they would be removing the quad max from the configurator in January, and in its place, would be offering customers standard and enhanced dual max. Both of these options maintain the range estimates and provide a highly capable vehicle.

From the post, we can see that Rivian wants to streamline their manufacturing process as much as possible to make it cheaper and faster to build these vehicles that are so much in demans. Beginning in early 2023, the R1T and R1S will be available to reserve in three All-Wheel Drive configurations. These include the Dual-Motor, Enhanced Dual-Motor and Quad-Motor configurations.

Rivian says All three systems deliver instant torque and precise control, with exceptional driving dynamics both on-road and way off.

The change in configuration options also decreases the price tag for those customers who have already locked in their pricing commitment with Rivian before the date the new EV tax breaks was to take effect in order to benefit from the subsidies before it was no longer available for those vehicles. The email was sent out in segments, with customers who placed their pre-order before March 1, 2022, seeing a reduction of $4500 by switching from the quad motor max to the standard dual motor max and a reduction of $2000 by switching to the enhanced dual motor max. Customers who placed their orders between March 1, 2022, and March 2, 2025, would see a difference of $6000 and $1000 respectively, by switching to the standard or enhanced dual motor max options.

RIvian went ahead to release this information early so that customers would have time to process and think on the situation before they reintroduce the configurator early this year. By providing information about the options that will be available in 2023, customers can consider factors such as range, performance, cost, and formulate questions to ask our team. This way, when the configurator is live in January, customers can make an informed decision about which option is best for them.

Here is a brief rundown of the dual motor variants and what they offer.
Rivian Dual-Motor AWD features two single-motor drive units — one on the front axle and one on the rear. This system promises a combined output of over 600 horsepower and over 600 ft lbs of torque with acceleration from 0–60 mph as quick as 4.5 seconds. It can toe up to 11,000 lbs in the R1T and 7,700 lbs in the R1S. The ability to continue adding new drive modes through software updates further broadens its spectrum of capabilities.