What happens when you compare the upcoming Rivian R1T electric pickup to the Ford F-150? This latest YouTube video finds out.
It’s no secret that trucks are a popular and growing segment in the US automotive market. The versatility of a pickup combined with low gas prices has caused a surge in sales that carmakers are taking note of. There’s more work being put into creating new and improve pickup trucks now than at any other time in recent history.
And one of those improvements is a pickup truck that’s entirely battery-powered. Rivian’s upcoming R1T truck was unveiled last month as the first electric pickup the world has ever seen. It came with some impressive numbers too, like 10,000 lb-ft of torque and a potential range of over 400 miles.
But pickup trucks are about practicality first and foremost, and there’s more to a pickup than just how well it can move a solid object or how far it can travel before its battery quits.
Sean Mitchell over on YouTube decided to do a side-by-side comparison with the Ford F-150 to see how well the Rivian R1T stacks up by the numbers. Obviously, we can’t do a real-world comparison as the R1T isn’t out yet, but there’s plenty to be gleaned just by seeing statistics of both trucks side by side.
For the Ford, Mitchell used three engine options to compare to the Rivian’s three battery options. First is the 2.7-L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, the newest and most economical engine Ford makes. Next is the 3.5-L EcoBoost V6, an engine that’s an available upgrade with best-in-class towing and torque, and finally the twin-turbo 3.5-L found in the Raptor and the Raptor only.
As Mitchell shows in his charts, the R1T comes out ahead for power and acceleration, with only the Ford Raptor beating the least powerful R1T in terms of horsepower but not in terms of 0-60 time.
Towing and payload is more of a mixed bag. The 3.5-L-equipped F-150 has the best payload and towing numbers of any possible pickup, but the R1T beats both the Raptor and the 2.7-L for towing, and also beats the Raptor for payload.
Ford’s F-150 is the clear winner when it comes to bed length and single-tank range, but the R1T beats the F-150 in water fording and non-bed storage.
One thing the video doesn’t discuss is perhaps the most important statistic of all: price. The F-150 is still the clear winner here, with the R1T expected to be priced close to $70,000 which is already more than the most expensive F-150 you can possibly buy.