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Rivian R1T vs Tesla Cybertruck; which electric pickup truck should you buy?

It used to be that electric trucks were scarce or non-existent. However, that is about to change with a multitude of battery-powered trucks soon to hit the market. One of them, the Rivian R1T, is here already and started delivering to buyers weeks ago. The Tesla Cybertruck is another pickup truck that is expected in 2022. Expectations are high for the Tesla-branded truck as millions of pre-orders are reportedly waiting to be fulfilled.

In this article, we pitch the Rivian R1T against the Tesla Cybertruck to help you decide which to purchase if you are in the market for an electric pickup truck! We will compare the two EVs in different categories.


Rivian R1T vs Tesla Cybertruck

Despite being in the same vehicle segment, no two vehicles can be as different as the R1T and Cybertruck in looks. The Rivian truck stays close to what users are familiar with in the exterior, although it has differentiated with its unique headlights. Observers will give the Rivian a second look but might experience a visual sensory overload with the Cybertruck.

The Tesla truck was designed to be different, as the CEO, Elon Musk, complaint that all trucks look the same when their logos are removed, making them boring. Hence, the Cybertruck has a futuristic appearance like a vehicle to be driven on planet Mars. Even the body material is literally out of the world, as it is made from the same stainless steel SpaceX, a sister company to Tesla, is using to build its spacecraft named the Starship.

The Cybertruck is the bigger and boxier of the two.


Rivian R1T Interior vs Tesla Cybertruck Interior

After comparing the exterior, it is time to step inside the two vehicles. While both follow the theme of minimalism, the R1T is more geared toward comfort and luxury than the Cybertruck. Both trucks are spacious, but the Cybertruck will seat six riders comfortably, one more than the R1T.

Both trucks have a touchscreen center console where you can access the settings. However, while the R1T has a conventional steering wheel, the Cybertruck has a yoke, like the updated Model S.

The R1T has many features to make rides convenient for the rider, including a detachable Bluetooth speaker, a torch stored and charged inside the door, under-seat storage, etc. Not much is known about the rest of the Cybertruck’s interior, but it should offer the same level of satisfaction and sophistry as Tesla’s other vehicles.


Both trucks are capable electric vehicles. The R1T has four independent electric motors, one on each wheel, while the Cybertruck is offered in single, double, and tri-motor configurations.

The R1T will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds, but the Cybertruck’s performance depends on the electric motor configuration. The highest trim will do 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

Both vehicles are certified for towing, with the Rivian truck capable of up to 11,000 lb while the Cybertruck can go all the way to 14,000 lb. The R1T has a payload capacity of 1765 lb against the Cybertruck’s 3500 lb.

Both have adjustable air suspension to be able to climb over obstacles easily.

Battery & driving range

Rivian will eventually offer two battery pack options. The version the company is delivering has a 135 kWh battery that the EPA certifies for 314 miles, but a $10,000 upgrade will up the capacity to 180 kWh for over 400 miles of range.

Tesla doesn’t typically publish its EV battery capacities, but the Cybertruck will be offered in 250, 300, and 500-mile range options.

Both trucks have V2G tech, which allows them to power other devices with their batteries.

Other features

Many of the other features of the Cybertruck are not known yet, but it will get Autopilot and other driver-assist techs that Tesla puts in its vehicle. However, since the R1T is here already, we can confirm a long list of features, including Driver+ assist, air compressor, ‘tunnel’ storage space, optional camp kitchen, etc.

Interestingly, both trucks are marketed towards nature lovers that go on adventures, with Rivian going as far as installing public chargers at popular trail routes.


The Rivian R1T truck starts at $67,500, but upgrade packages can significantly increase the price. The Cybertruck costs $39,900 in the entry model, while the top trim starts from $69,900.

While the R1T has got to the market before the Cybertruck, both pickup trucks are competent EVs and should give value for the money.

Written by HackerVibes

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