Rivian R1S Prototype Uphill Climbing

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The Rivian R1S electric SUV is expected to go on sale later this year, but CEO RJ Scaringe and his crew are out doing final testing with it, which includes some mild off-roading in one of America's most difficult terrains.

Scaringe shared a video on Twitter of a camouflaged R1S prototype traversing a steep slope in Moab, Utah.

As it takes off, the front bumper softly touches the rock before heading nose up into the vertical ascent.

Based on this footage, it's difficult to tell how steep the hill is, but the R1S handles it with relative ease.

Rivian R1S

Rivian claims that the SUV can drive over three feet of water, rock crawl at a 100 percent gradient, and navigate most terrains because to its 14.0-inch ground clearance. This puts the Rivian R1S ahead of the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler. It's also more powerful, with the top-of-the-line model producing up to 800 horsepower.

When the Rivian R1S SUV is released later this year, it will cost $70,000 in basic form and have a range of 483 kilometers. The Adventure variant, which has a luxury interior and a few more features, will start at $75,500.

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