Deliveries of electric pickup truck scheduled to begin late in 2020.
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The Rivian R1T electric ute has been unveiled ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show later this week.

Measuring 5475mm long, 2015mm wide and a riding on a 3075mm wheelbase, the R1T has been sized to compete with the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500.

Three battery packs will offered with the R1T, with the 105kWh model promising a range of over 370km, the 135kWh version good for over 480km, and the top-shelf 180kWh model good for around 650km.

Each variant has an electric motor for each wheel. The entry-level 105kWh model has a total of 300kW/560Nm to its name, while the other two versions can boast up to 562kW/1120Nm.

Depending on the model, the 0-60mph standard can be dispatched in between 3.0 and 4.9 seconds. Top speed is said to be 201km/h.

According to the company, the R1T has payload rating of 800kg, can tow up to 5000kg, and ford water up to a metre deep. In off-road mode, the R1T has a ground clearance of 360mm, an approach angle of 34 degrees, a departure angle of 30 degrees, and a breakover angle of 26 degrees.

Riding on a skateboard chassis, the R1T seats up to five people, and has a number of storage areas in addition to the rear cargo tray. These include the 330L front trunk, a 350L "gear tunnel" behind the cabin, and a 200L sealed bin below the tray floor.

The cargo bed includes a tonneau cover, and three 110V electrical outlets. In addition to supporting fast charging, the R1T will also be available with camera, LIDAR, radar, high-precision GPS, and high-definition maps for Level 3 self-driving capability.

Rivian's stand at the Los Angeles show will not only feature the R1T pickup, but also the related R1S SUV, which is scheduled to be unveiled tomorrow.

The R1T and R1S will be produced at Mitsubishi's old factory in Normal, Illinois. Deliveries of the R1T truck are pencilled in for late 2020, with the R1S set to follow in early 2021.

Like Tesla, the Rivian will begin R1T production with the more expensive 135kWh and 180kWh models. The entry-level model is priced from US$69,000 ($95,000) before the US$7500 ($10,300) federal tax credit.

Orders can be placed now for a refundable US$1000 ($1380) deposit.