The fantastic Tank Convert feature that Rivian demonstrated off a very long time ago in December 2019 had a lot of truck and off-road enthusiasts speaking, and with good rationale.

The method shown that it is possible to use all four of the electric motors in Quad Motor R1T and R1S electric powered vehicles to rotate the car all over and around in much the same space so long as the floor is the appropriate amount of slippery.

It was a jaw-dropping move that Rivian managed to plan in, which involved applying propulsion to the wheels in opposite directions on the left and right sides of the automobile, in an exceptionally managed method, which is something that would be up coming to exceedingly difficult to build into a typical roadgoing petrol SUV.

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In a question and answer session on Instagram that was published on Friday, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe gave the impression that he was enthusiastic about the idea. He explained that by combining the instantaneous torque (in both directions) of electrical motors with an assortment of refined controls and a responses loop, ‘you can make a torque instant whereby the car or truck rotates on its heart axis like a tank’.

However, Scaringe explained (below) the reasons why the Tank Flip feature is highly unlikely to ever be implemented in a production truck.

Vehicles that are powered by electric batteries have to be especially careful.

No, Scaringe did not mention any legal professionals or regulators who were the ones to put the kibosh on it.

If the mark that the vehicle still left in the web video isn’t enough to drive the point home for you, the cause is fairly straightforward. The Tank Convert has the capability of do actual damage to its surroundings.

Scaringe stated that more than the previous 12 months and a 50%, Rivian made the choice that even though it could carry out the Tank Change, it’s just not regular with the company’s messaging to tread evenly. This decision was based on the fact that Scaringe’s statement had occurred more than once.

“It’s so easily abused and so difficult to make sure that we do not tear up trails and definitely do things that are in contrast to what we stand for as a business,” he summed up, noting that it didn’t feel congruent with how Rivian preaches respecting the trails and not leaving ruts or problems in their wake.

This most likely indicates that another trademarked Rivian parlour trick, known as K-Transform Manner, is not going to be used either. However, the advertising posture continues to focus on the off-road capabilities of the building itself. Because of the extreme refinement and accuracy with which electrical propulsion systems can produce torque, off-roading in an electric vehicle is a lot more enjoyable and a lot less nerve-wracking than it would be in a gas-powered vehicle. Virtually everyone who has gone off-roading in an EV will agree with this statement. Rivian is now able to capitalise on this by providing the R1T and R1S with their own unique push modes.

Mercedes-Benz EQG prototype

Even though it is unknown whether Rivian already has dibs on the plan, Mercedes is currently teasing the plan for its future EQG electric powered SUV by calling it a G-Convert. This is despite the fact that it is unclear whether Rivian may already have dibs on the plan.

Rivian is in the process of beginning up deliveries of its Twin Motor vans, which use the company’s own, cost-saving Enduro generating system, which includes the motor and reduction gear. Rivian’s Twin Motor vans are expected to go on sale later this year. They will eventually be implemented into different iterations of the Quad Motor as well.