Although it has yet to deliver a single saleable vehicle for public consumption, Rivian appears ready to add two new products to its upcoming model line in the upcoming years: The R1V and R2X. The electric automaker recently applied for the names with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
If Rivian’s already revealed models, the R1S SUV and R1T truck, serve as precedents, then it’s possible the R1V name denotes an upcoming van the brand plans to sell to the public. While a company spokesperson noted “trademarks aren’t vehicle programs” and that Rivian files such applications “for all kinds of stuff,” Rivian may see value in selling a passenger-friendly variant of the Prime delivery vans it’s building for Amazon. Such a model may even share the full array of powertrain options that motivate the R1S and R1T, both of which off up to 750 horsepower from four electric motors (one for each wheel).
The R2X, meanwhile, likely signals Rivian’s intentions to produce a more affordable and smaller model. What X signifies is anyone’s guess. However, if we were the gambling type, we might wager the letter denotes an off-road-oriented sedan or wagon—something along the lines of the Subaru Outback. That’s purely conjecture, though, and it is equally as likely such a model takes on a completely different form entirely. There is also the chance Rivian applied for the trademark for no particular product-related reason at all.
Look for deliveries of the 2021 R1T and R1S to begin before the year’s end. If all goes according to plan, then Rivian may even announce further additions to its model line before the calendar turns to 2021. Who knows? Maybe the company will even confirm it is working on a passenger van dubbed R1V and a more affordable model that goes by the name R2X.