Typically, it is sensible for an electrical car to be greater than only one factor. That is very true if that EV is shared between quite a few individuals. To that finish, the electrical car begin-up Rivian Automotive is considering methods to make one shared EV do a variety of totally different duties by turning into a “structurally reconfigurable automotive car.”
In Rivian’s patent, the EV might have the ability to change its suspension firmness and peak, its efficient steering ratio and have detachable structural elements to vary the form and performance of the outside. As you possibly can see within the image above, meaning quite a few totally different mattress and storage areas for the zero-emission decide-up truck.
The rationale for this type of flexibility, Rivian says within the patent software, is that “typical electrical automobiles have comparatively low charges of utilization and are structurally and technologically restricted of their applicability to several types of makes use of.” EVs like this, “can present for enhanced utilization of electrical automobiles,” Rivian says.
Along with merely being able to vary its form, a reconfigurable Rivian EV would additionally have the ability to detect “the actual structural configuration and routinely units certainly one of a number of predetermined function units akin to the actual structural configuration.”
Rivian’s patent spends loads of time speaking about car sharing, saying that, “the identical car, with a singular VIN, could also be offered for a number of totally different makes use of, e.g., to a number of totally different customers, in a number of totally different configurations related to totally different detachable structural modules. As famous above, the primary use request could also be acquired from a primary consumer and the second use request could also be acquired from a second consumer. However the first use request and the second use request can also be acquired from the identical consumer, e.g., at totally different occasions.”
Rivian has introduced two automobiles, the R1T 5-passenger all-electrical truck and the R1S full-measurement, seven-passenger SUV. Each could have a variety of between 230 and greater than four hundred miles because of a battery with as much as one hundred eighty kWh of power, a “quad-motor system” that places a 200-horsepower electrical motor at every wheel, a wading depth of three ft and a zero-60 miles per hour time of three seconds. The worth for the SUV can be $sixty five,000 after the U.S. federal tax incentive and the truck will value $sixty one,500 after the federal tax rebate. The kind of flexibility described on this patent shouldn’t be talked about in Rivian’s present promotional supplies for the automobiles.
The patent (#10,207,757) was revealed February 19, 2019. It was initially filed January eleven, 2017. Rivian didn’t reply to a number of questions on this patent and the concepts inside it.