Ksh7.8M Rivian Electric Car From Jeff Bezos Company Attracts Attention in Kenya

  • Amazon Billionaire Jeff Bezos (left) and Rivian R-1T pick-ups
    Amazon Billionaire Jeff Bezos (left) and Rivian R-1T pick-ups.
  • The electric-car revolution has continued to take root in Kenya with the entry of the revered Rivian R-1T pick-up valued at Ksh7.8 million (USD67,000).

    The first sighting of the car was made on Thursday, June 2, along Mombasa Road and several Kenyans have since testified to the new electric car's power and stylish outlook.

    In the first clip, a set of four cars were spotted in transit atop a hauler truck along Mombasa Road which was quickly followed by short video reviews from car enthusiasts who got their hands on the luxury eco-friendly ride.

    According to the car's manufacturer, Rivian, the car has a 300-mile range coupled with quad-motor powertrain for 0-100 Kph in just three seconds.

    A fleet Rivian R-1T cars spotted along Mombasa Road.
    A fleet Rivian R-1T cars spotted along Mombasa Road.

    The R-1T also possesses 330-litres in the bonnet and 350-litres in the lockable gear tunnel complete with a 200-litre sealed bin beneath the rear bed floor.

    The superior innovation, which has been in the works for years, is also celebrated for its power to drive through 900mm of water and can tow almost five tonnes.

    In Kenya, however, questions arose regarding the maintenance cost of the car as well as nitty gritty such as charging spots, among others.

    Kenyans.co.ke's attempts to get answers on whether the company had set up a service centre in Kenya were unsuccessful as our messages to the company went unanswered.

    It is also not clear how the owners of the new pick-up would cope with frequent power outages in some parts of the country.

    According to CNN Business, Amazon founder and Billionaire Jeff Bezos had acquired a 20 per cent stake in Rivian which was founded by RJ Scaringe.

    Rivian, which grew to valuations well into a figure in the billions, secured a deal with Bezos' Amazon who sought to procure 100,000 electric delivery vans for the e-commerce giant.

    Also, a Kenyan national Charles Mwangi was tapped to join the innovative electric Rivian Company after a stint at Tesla Inc, an electric vehicle-manufacturing company that has since made inroads into Kenya.

    The Rivian R-1T car spotted in Kenya
    The Rivian R-1T car spotted in Kenya.