RJ Scaringe, CEO of upstart electric automaker Rivian, appears to be trying to take our jobs. In a lengthy Twitter video, the CEO and Rivian employee Stacy walk viewers through the functionality of the new R1S electric SUV’s split tailgate and folding rear seats. In it, the duo offers up the sort of point-of-view look at the user experience that, well, you might expect to see in one of our buyer’s guide videos. Given how we’ve yet to drive the R1S or evaluate one at our headquarters, let alone shoot an in-depth look at it for this website, we suppose RJ’s snapshot will have to do.
In the video, Rivian’s CEO shows off the buttons for releasing the power-operated upper tailgate section, then the separate button for popping the clamshell-style lower tailgate element down, where it lays flat and extends the load floor beyond the bumper. There are nifty LED lamps on the inside of the upper tailgate that, when that portal is opened, shine down on the load area and the ground behind the R1S so that owners aren’t fumbling around in the dark when loading or unloading their SUVs.
Next, the CEO hands the smartphone he’s filming with to Stacy, and proceeds to fold the second- and third-row seats flat, creating a nice long, mostly flat load floor. He then crawls up into the space and lays down to show how much room there is (RJ is pretty tall, for reference). We can’t tell what’s neater: The seemingly efficient use of space the R1’s floor-mounted battery provides, or the fact that the CEO of a multibillion-dollar automotive startup stuck himself in a trunk to show off its spaciousness. Hey, Jim Farley, how about you climb into the new F-150 Lightning pickup’s frunk?