Regular Car Reviews is understood for a couple of issues. First, for being bizarre, crass and utilizing that voice. Secondly, for offering insightful and typically profound criticism not solely in direction of automobiles however in direction of the societies and social norms that bred them. This assessment of the Rivian R1T has loads of the entire above and, like the very best RCR movies, it made me suppose.
See, the principle conceit behind Brian’s (aka Mr. Common) argument is that Rivian desires us to care about what we’re doing to the planet, however in additionally encouraging folks to take their Rivians out into nature, it’s rushing the destruction of the character it’s eager to have a good time and protect. That makes not solely the Rivian itself, however the individuals who purchase it, performatively virtuous granola-crunching, Patagonia-wearing rich nerds.
He additionally appears to actually just like the R1T as a truck, ignoring all its social connotations. That is smart as a result of, on the finish of the day, it’s a well-considered, engaging and highly effective EV that works onerous to justify its appreciable price ticket, significantly within the quad-motor configuration RCR drives right here.
So, I’m curious. Do you agree with RCR concerning the inherent hypocrisy of constructing an EV for the surroundings however then asking folks to go and drive throughout Mdifferent Nature with it? Do you even care? Let me know within the feedback.