- YouTube creator Ben Sullins has owned the last four vehicles Tesla has released.
- But if he could buy any electric vehicle that’s available now or set for release in the future, he would pick Rivian’s R1T pickup truck.
- Sullins said the Cybertruck’s “ridiculous” styling pushed him away from Tesla.
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YouTube creator Ben Sullins has plenty to thank Tesla for. His videos, many of which focus on Elon Musk’s automaker, have amassed more than 39 million views. He has been a satisfied owner the last four vehicles Tesla has released, and attended the reveal event for Tesla’s Cybertruck pickup in November.
But if he could buy any EV, whether currently available or yet to be released, he would opt for Rivian’s R1T pickup truck. Sullins has pre-ordered the vehicle, which Rivian plans to release next year.
“It’s really just everything that I would need in a car,” he said in an interview with Business Insider.
Sullins’ number-one priority for an EV is range, and Rivian says the R1T may be able to drive over 400 miles between charges. Sullins also cited the R1T’s fast-charging capability (around 200 miles in 30 minutes with a DC fast-charger) and functionality. He uses his Toyota Tacoma pickup at least twice a month to haul the furniture his wife designs or materials for home-improvement projects, so the R1T’s truck bed would have more than aesthetic value.
“In terms of all the functional stuff I need, it’s there,” Sullins said.
The Cybertruck has “out of this world” performance specs and will have the advantage of access to Tesla’s Supercharger charging network, Sullins said. But it has one major drawback that pushed Sullins away: a polarizing design Tesla CEO Elon Musk has compared to a “futuristic battle tank.”
“I would 100% go Cybertruck if it didn’t look so ridiculous,” Sullins said.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
The R1T isn’t perfect either, Sullins said. It has a few too many “bells and whistles,” like screens, cameras, and partially-automated driving capabilities that he doesn’t think he’d use, but those issues pale in comparison to the Cybertruck’s unconventional styling.
“It’s an amazing, amazing vehicle,” Sullins said of the Cybertruck. “It’s, to me, a bummer that it looks the way it does.”