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    The Giz Wiz visits the NY 2019 Auto Show & Meets the 2020-2021 Rivian Electric Adventure Truck.

    I thought this was an interesting truck concept when I saw it at the 2019 NY Auto Show, but it became a lot more interesting when I saw an article about the company in Thursday's (4/25/19) New York Times. Seems Ford is VERY interested in this truck and this company and is investing $500,000M in it. That's after Amazon's $700,000M investment, so Rivian must be on to something big! Amazon reportedly wants them to build electric delivery trucks for them. Rivian has introduced the first fully electric truck I've heard of, the Adventure R1T. The company also introduced a new all electric SUV, and the two new models should be out by the end of 2020. They're being built at a former Mitsubishi plant in central Illinois. They're powered by four 147-kilowatt electric motors, one on each wheel which means there's has a lot of room in each model for storage of varying kinds. You'll see the unique 'sport gear tunnel' in the video on this week's show. Base price will be $69,000 for a 230-mile-range truck before Fed rebate. Optional range up to 400 miles. A $1,000 refundable deposit will get you on the waiting list.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/K_w2klLkI1Y

    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A3KkpxmYIk

    Company website: https://products.rivian.com/ 

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