Rivian prepares an integrated camp kitchen for his R1T electric pickup


  • Automakers are packing their upcoming electric pickup trucks with all kinds of useful and unexpected features, like the Hummer’s Crabwalk and the Ford F-150 Lightning’s outboard power configuration.
  • In a new Twitter video, the CEO of Rivian reminds us that the upcoming R1T will feature a camp kitchen in the vehicle’s changeable gear tunnel.
  • Two cooking elements, a four-gallon sink, and a 30-piece equipment set are part of the deal. And, really, when was the last time you bought a new car with a kettle?


    The electric truck war has started and we are now in the phase where automakers are highlighting the unusual features offered by their plug-in vans to set themselves apart from the competition. Ford spent a lot of time at the recent launch of the F-150 Lightning talking about the electric vehicle’s ability to power tools at a construction site for three days. GM’s next GMC Hummer EV can drive diagonally using a feature called Crabwalk. And Tesla has made all kinds of complaints about its Angular Cybertruck, including several sliding tables in the back that can be used as a mobile kitchen.

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    Not to be outdone, Rivian Founder and CEO RJ Scaringe tweeted this video of his company’s Camp Kitchen feature, which was previously announced in 2019. This small countertop includes an induction cooktop two burner and collapsible sink with a spray faucet and a four gallon water tank. Everything slides in and out of the body of the R1T truck in a so-called gear tunnel located just behind the rear seats.

    The Camp Kitchen is one of many accessories available for the 11 Cubic Foot Side Access Equipment Tunnel. The 1440 watt induction hob is powered by the R1T’s 135.0 kWh “large pack” traction battery.

    rivian camp kitchen on r1t

    rivian camp kitchen on r1t


    The Camp Kitchen doesn’t come cheap – the package costs $ 5,000 on top of the R1T’s nearly $ 70,000 starting price – but it includes more than the burner and sink. Built-in mini kitchen drawers feature custom molded inserts that have a place for each fork, knife and spoon in the included 30-piece Snow Peak kitchen set. Spatulas, tongs, a can opener, titanium cutlery, a kettle and more are all part of the package. Rivian says the inserts are so well designed that you won’t hear a noise when driving all that utensil around town.

    The Gear Tunnel could become a popular way for Rivian R1T owners to customize their rides. As designed, the Camp Kitchen is made up of three main parts, each fitting onto the R1T’s “shuttle system” which allows components to slide in and out of the body. Rivian said the shuttle system platform had been “developed to support a range of future Gear Tunnel accessories” and, based on responses to Scaringe’s tweet, a standard workbench would be a popular option, as would two turntables and a microphone.

    rivian r1t with tent on the roof


    For overnight outdoor adventures, Rivian will offer a separate package that includes a three-person tent that mounts on top of the bed for $ 2,650. The Skyrise HD Medium Rooftop Tent has a 56 x 96 inch footprint, is 48 inches tall, and is from Rivian’s partnership with Yakima. Opting for the tent set brings a set of Rivian Cargo crossbars that lie across the bed of the truck. You can find everything on the Rivian configurator.

    Rivian says it will begin deliveries of the R1T (and similar R1S electric SUV) in January 2022.

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