It’s great to see a variety of new EVs hitting the roads of Connecticut lately, spying my first Kia EV6 just last week. Even better when a whole new category of EVs arrive for the very first time, the all electric pickup truck! The vaguely similar Kia EV9 and VW Scout won’t arrive for several years, and neither will be nearly as off-road capable as the 15" clearance Rivian R1T and R1S, which are a smaller and more off-roady than the Ford F-150 Lightning. More about positioning against wildly different Silverado, Hummer, and Cybertruck here.
I was lucky to have a attended a semi-private showing of a pre-production Rivian R1T exactly a year ago. I saw another one while chatting with the same Rivian employees just last month, when another R1T was at the Connecticut State Capital. But yesterday was my first time seeing a production R1T up close with its owner, and it happened to be happening right after the nearby Teslas n Coffee meetup at the Meriden Supercharger, with several of us enjoying great weather at both of these outdoor EVents.
With 7 R1Ts in attendance at this gathering in Bridgeport, this Rivian owners’ public event featured a particularly enthusiastic owner whose wife graciously offered me a chunk of her husband’s time, just as the event was ending. He had his reservation in on day 1, which was 3 years ago! He has already many additions to their family’s R1T, including:
- 2 additional Cargo Crossbars
- 1 Overlander Tent from Smittybilt
- 1 Surfboard
I also got to talking with a new R1T owner from Connecticut. While he preferred to not be on video, we had a great conversation about the recent Rivian ~$20K price hike drama, his wife’s predictable, understandable reaction. Luckily, they stayed the course and kept their reservation, and just one day later, it was all resolved. They now enjoy their R1T at the original price at the time of pre-order made 3 years ago!
Here’s the rest of the video description:
On Saturday May 14 2022, the Northeast Rivian Club held its owner meetup at the lot next to the Brewport Brewing Co in Bridgeport Connecticut. This video features Jazzy Jeff (see https://instagram.com/jazzys_rivian_adventure & https://instagram.com/rivian.stories) who already has 5,000 miles on his R1T in the 2 months since taking delivery. He walks viewers through the features of this outdoor adventure EV, including a close look at the how the bed opens and closes, his Overlander Tent from Smittybilt (instead of the Rivian/Yakima tent), and the eventual winch location.
This video has no ads and isn’t sponsored content. It was created by Paul Braren of the EV Club of Connecticut and the EV owner, who all volunteered to make this happen. No gas cars were used in the transportation to and from this video shoot.
About the author – Paul Braren owns and operates TinkerTry.com LLC, drives an EV, and is the Senior EV Correspondent for Tech Breakfast Podcast. His various podcast guest appearances are listed here. Some of his work has also been featured at CleanTechnica.
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Rivian In The House
Members of Rivian Owners Club Northeast to Bring Their Vehicles to Bridgeport on Saturdayhttps://t.co/f6pb8TgtN3
"a meetup and showcase on Saturday, May 14th in Bridgeport at the Brewport Brewing Company"
11am-1pm, directions https://t.co/XwUQtaSovR@Rivian
— EV Club of Connecticut (@EVClubCT) May 10, 2022
Family outgrew Model X, ordered Rivian R1S, here's their first look at similar R1T electric pickup!https://t.co/SN0MSdl0cK
— Paul Braren | TinkerTry.com 🖥️🔌☀️🔋🚗 (@paulbraren) April 19, 2022
Thank you @Rivian for bringing an R1T electric pickup truck to Connecticut yesterday, it was this growing family's very first look inside! They're eager awaiting delivery of their R1S SUV with 3 row seating.
— EV Club of Connecticut (@EVClubCT) April 14, 2022