Rivian’s upcoming electric pickup made it onto the road earlier than expected. It was spotted on the third episode of the new Apple TV + documentary series to save the day in South America. Long way up.
In the show premiere on Friday, actor Ewan McGregor and his buddy Charley Boorman try to drive from the southern tip of Argentina through Latin America to Los Angeles – with electric motorcycles. The duo’s support, equipment and film crews are all housed in battery-powered vehicles: the first two fully electric, street-ready Rivian trucks.
Her 13,000 mile journey shows the challenges of driving electric when traveling through South America. As can be seen in the clip above, the actor reaches for the side of the truck that is not yet available and is towed to a departing ferry on his electric Harley-Davidson. The e-motorcycle only has a range of approx. 100 miles.
The first episode (shot in 2019) explains how the show partnered with Rivian to supply the electrical pickups for the series’ film crew before mass production. The R1T electric truck is expected to have a range of 400 miles and will go on sale for $ 70,500 (initially), but not until later this year. Rivian has also come out with an electric SUV.
For the series, Rivian built 150 new charging stations along the McGregor and Boorman route, as there are “hardly any charging stations” in the 13 countries they cross, as Rivian’s CEO RJ Scaringe pointed out.
Long way up Premiere on September 18th on Apple TV + with three episodes and new episodes released every Friday.