The mysterious Rivian R1T stuck in a ditch for months has been rescued

  • Rivian R1T stuck in a ditch in Arizona, US, rescued
  • It had been mired in the mud since February
  • A ‘specially equipped’ R1S was used to recover it

Published on Jun 17, 2024 at 2:21 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jun 17, 2024 at 6:05 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

A Rivian R1T that was stuck in a ditch since February has finally been rescued.

The mysterious Rivian R1T had been mired in the mud of Arizona, US, as people started to believe it would never be recovered, with tow trucks refusing to touch it.

But thankfully, a ‘specially equipped’ Rivian R1S came to the issue of the tracked pickup, per Rivian itself.

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All about the Rivian R1T

Built in Illinois, the R1T is Rivian’s first pick-up truck.

It’s available with three different engine options, including an 835-hp, quad-motor powertrain.

And its performance seemed to surpass the Cybertruck during an off-road course.

There were also similar safety concerns over its controversial – and powerful – frunk.

How it got into the ditch

It had been stuck since February since sliding down the hill and becoming wedged in a culvert.

That’s per a TikToker called @saywhatwendy, who was forced to respond to speculation that the situation had been faked after she first brought it to the platform.

However, it remains unclear who the pickup actually belongs to.

It was Rivian who revealed to The Drive that the Rivian had been quietly recovered from the ravine.

“We were made aware of this customer’s R1T that required assistance to recover,” said Mikhael Farah, Rivian’s director of automotive product communications.

“Our engineering team happened to be in the area and decided to lend a hand.

“Using a specially equipped R1S, our team was able to extract the R1T for the customer and get it back on the road.”

And we can all recover a nugget of wisdom from this: if local towing and extraction companies are unable or unwilling to help, contact the manufacturer directly.

This isn’t the first time social media has been awash with chat about the Rivian R1T lately.

That’s because minor bodywork dent on one car recently led to a $21,000 repair bill.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.