The all-electric Rivian R1T truck, slated for release in January 2022, is packed with party tips to amplify any adventure. Perhaps the most exciting is Camp Kitchen, a $ 5,000 add-on option.
Rivian made his Camp Kitchen debut at the Overland Expo West 2019 in Flagstaff, Arizona. With the Rivian R1T 2022 electric pickup trucks now rolling off the assembly line, the final kitchen version is ready for real life.
The camp kitchen slides out of the Rivian R1T’s gear tunnel, six feet of modular space just between the truck’s bed and its rear doors. This compartment spans the width of the truck and is accessible from either side. An additional sliding platform of the optional Shuttle system allows easy access to luggage and folds out into a table.
The key to the kitchen, however, is its two-burner induction cooktop from Dome Technology. Energy efficient and powerful at 1440 watts, the induction pan (using the magnetic heat of a copper coil) quickly heats food, making it a perfect option for outdoor cooking. The surface stays relatively cool so spills, splashes and spills don’t burn on the cooktop, making cleanup quick and easy.
“We can do a number of different cooking applications – braise, sear, sauté… a lot of one-pot dishes,” Josh Glaser, senior director of Rivian’s culinary program, told Tech Crunch. “It gives us the ability to put kitchen utensils on it, turn them on and immediately we’re ready to heat. “
Next to the burners is a cutting board that pulls out to reveal a removable / collapsible sink underneath. This attaches to a hose, which connects to a 3.7 gallon water tank, pump, and spray faucet that serves as an outdoor dishwasher. Rivian even figured out how to dry dishes and handle disposables with a towel bar and bag holder available for recyclables and trash.
A full Snow Peak cookware set comes out from the back of Camp Kitchen. The fitted, cork-lined drawers feature a three-piece non-stick cooking set with spatulas, spoons, prep tools, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. There’s even a kettle, pouring platform, coffee grinder, and four insulated mugs for essential morning fuel. And for nighttime cooking, there’s a wrapped capsule that releases a garland of lights to brighten up dinner parties in the dark.
The camp kitchen assembles using a three-piece modular design, making it easy to set up and convenient to store. It’s also efficient, using only about three miles of the R1T’s electric range, according to Rivian. Additionally, the adventure truck maker has indicated that the camp kitchen will be updated for future releases of new features.
“I think the sweet spot is probably 10 to 12 people (to) really be able to offer a variety of different dishes,” Glaser said.
Now it rolls outside in style. More details at rivian.com/r1t.
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