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Rivian tosses 'Tank Turn' feature from its electric pickup and SUV

Is this what they call “spin”?

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe has announced that one of the electric truck brand’s most pivotal features will not be making it to production.

Scaringe held a video Q&A session on Instagram that has also been posted to YouTube, where he addressed over two dozen topics.

One of the questions centered around a “tank turn” capability that had been demonstrated with prototype vehicles, and if it would ever be added to customer vehicles.

The company followed it up with a video demonstrating the feature on dirt, but it was not active when sales of the R1T began in 2021. Rivian said it was still fine-tuning it to make sure it only worked on perfectly flat surfaces for safety, and that a software update would unlock it in the future. Scaringe confirmed in the video that it will not be happening, but for a different reason.

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Rivian currently offers the R1T pickup and R1S SUV. (Fox News Digital)

“Over the last year and a half, we’ve arrived at the view that it’s a feature that, while we can do it, it’s so easily abused and so hard to make sure that we don’t tear up trails and really do things that are in contrast to what we stand for as a company,” Scaringe said in the Q&A video.

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“This was something that we just felt, didn’t feel congruous with the way we approach respecting the trails, taking care of the trails, and not leaving ruts and those sorts of things.”


The Tesla Cybertruck may have a tank turn feature. (Nic Coury/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Cybertruck was initially advertised with a tri-motor drivetrain, but Musk said that was being updated to a four-motor setup and that it would have four-wheel-steering.

“Will have both front and rear wheel steer, so not just like a tank – it can drive diagonally like a crab,” Musk Tweeted in 2021.


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