Rivian Reveals R2 Electric Vehicle at $45,000

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Rivian Reveals R2 Electric Vehicle at $45,000

Rivian introduces its latest addition to the lineup, the R2, offering a more compact and budget-friendly option compared to its predecessors. Priced at $45,000, it positions itself below the R1S, which starts at $74,900. Despite its smaller stature, the R2 maintains Rivian’s signature design elements, including the prominent front light bar and oval headlights.

Available in single-motor rear-wheel drive, dual-motor all-wheel drive, and tri-motor performance configurations, the R2 offers versatility to suit various driving needs. With two battery sizes providing over 300 miles of range for all versions, the quickest model can achieve 0-60 mph in under three seconds.

To enhance convenience, the charging port has been relocated to the rear passenger side, which is compatible with NACS connectors for easy access at Tesla Supercharger stations.

Rivian Reveals R2 Electric Vehicle at $45,000

Incorporating practical features akin to the Toyota 4Runner, the R2 boasts a sliding rear glass to accommodate long cargo items and rear side windows for an open-air experience.

Responding to customer demands, Rivian includes two gloveboxes and maximizes interior space with flat-folding rear seats and front seats that fold flat, facilitating camping without the need for a tent.

New technological enhancements include haptic feedback on steering wheel controls and advanced driver-assistance features enabled by 11 cameras and five sensors, allowing hands-free, eyes-off driving—a feature not yet available in Tesla vehicles.

Press images showcase additional accessories, such as tailgate-mounted storage and a pop-out trunk organizer.

Production of the R2 will take place at Rivian’s Normal, Illinois plant, with deliveries expected to commence in the first half of 2026. However, the company faces challenges related to quality and production issues, having reportedly incurred losses on each vehicle sold.

Despite its anticipated affordability, rivaling the Tesla Model Y, reservations for the R2 are now open with a refundable $100 deposit, signaling Rivian’s ambition to tap into the mass market and replicate the success of Tesla’s Model 3.

Also read: Anticipating the Introduction of the Rivian R2S: Source Code Insights & Electric SUV Specs

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