Patents reveal how Rivian and Ford might make electric pickups go farther


Pickup beds are designed to carry all sorts of things, but now you can add miles to the list.

Startup electric automaker Rivian has received a patent for a removable battery pack that can slip into the bed of its R1T pickup like a toolbox.

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The patent, uncovered by The Drive, says the auxiliary unit could weigh hundreds of pounds, which could provide a lot of extra range for trips into the great outdoors.

The R1T will be able to cover a lot of ground without it. The 4×4 truck is launching next year with a battery pack good for 300 miles per charge and will be available with a 400-mile version by 2022.