Rivian will offer electric truck-to-truck battery charging

EV upstart Rivian is offering up another reason to get excited about its upcoming products.
First there was the announcement the all-electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV will do more than 640 km on a charge and cost just $70,000.
Then there was the
Camping Special trim
teaser that showcased some of the accessories that will come along with the outdoor-focused vehicles.
And now, thanks to some candid comments from the usually rather reserved CEO, RJ Scaringe, in conversation with
The Drive
, there's the news that Rivian's first fleet will also offer vehicle-to-vehicle charging.
We'd say “that's freakin' cool!” but at this point we're almost scared to hype Rivian any further for fear of jinxing it. Though, the company may be beyond the powers of the jinx—Rivian recently received a
US$500-million investment from Ford
and similar contributions from Amazon.
Scaringe also announced that auxiliary battery packs will also be made available, allowing off-road enthusiasts even greater range.
“You're starting to get into the long tail of use cases, but even there we've designed the vehicle so you can have auxiliary battery packs,' Scaringe told The Drive
'You can also charge Rivian-to-Rivian, which is a neat thing. You connect the two vehicles and then I could hand you some electrons. That takes us to the limit, and of course you can always find a corner of the world where it won't work, just like you can't find a gas station in Antarctica. You won't be able to find a plug in Antarctica, so there are natural limitations.”
Other topics covered in the interview include the 'holy grail' of battery chemistry, the pace of change in the industry, how the company has extended range by improving aerodynamics in its products, and what it's like to always be compared to Elon Musk.
The R1T pickup and R1S SUV are on schedule to be on roads by the end of 2020.

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