Generally you want scrambled eggs. And with that thought, toady on the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ, Rivian introduced a serious accent for its electrical pickup: A camp kitchen. The unit slides out from the Rivian R1T’s so-called gear tunnel that lives between the mattress and cab. The kitchen contains storage and a range that’s powered by the R1T’s 180kWh battery pack.
This kitchen unit is the primary vital idea Rivian has unveiled for the pickup’s uncommon gear tunnel. This house gives one other locked storage compartment for the pickup — however why have all of it, many requested when it was revealed? And now, with this kitchen unit, Rivian is responding to the questions. It appears Rivian desires to make its automobiles the middle of an ecosystem of add-ons. The corporate already revealed racks, vehicle-mounted tents and even a flashlight that hides within the facet of the motive force’s door. Anticipate extra tenting and outside gear as Rivian cements its model picture round adventurers.
Rivian is positioning its merchandise for a specific life-style. Assume Patagonia-wearing, Vary Rover-driving, outdoorsy sorts or no less than those that aspire to have that picture. It’s a wise play, and up to now, Rivian has stayed true to this picture. All of its commercials, social media posts, and appearances make it clear that Rivian is fastidiously aligning its model picture.
Vehicles and SUVs are typically marketed to workman and households. TV commercials characteristic dusty males hauling bails of hay and ladies unloading groceries and shutting the rear tailgate along with her foot. However not Rivian.
To date Rivian has proven its merchandise within the backwoods, working trails and sitting subsequent to campfires. The folks within the commercials are on an journey, carrying coats by The North Face and sleeping in REI tents. With the kitchen from as we speak’s bulletins, they’ll pull a kitchen out of their pickup and make some espresso.
Rivian tells TechCrunch that is only a idea, however the firm intends to carry this unit to manufacturing. There are prone to be different models for the gear tunnel. I, for one, would like to have a slide-out canine washing and drying station as a result of there’s nothing worse than placing a muddy canine in a truck.