Myth Buster: You can't off road in an EV

January 15, 2021

Myth: You can’t off-road in an EV.

Myth Bust­ed: The truth is, there are many EV mod­els that come with AWD and tow­ing capac­i­ty with more com­ing out soon. As tech­nol­o­gy improves, elec­tric vehi­cles will have few­er lim­i­ta­tions and will be more com­pa­ra­ble to inter­nal com­bus­tion cars. Sev­er­al man­u­fac­tur­ers have been increas­ing the capa­bil­i­ties of their EVs to accom­plish incred­i­ble things, includ­ing Riv­ian and Ford.

Riv­ian has been doing some dura­bil­i­ty test­ing with their EV mod­els. They've had test dri­vers off-road in the vehi­cles among Colorado's own Rocky Moun­tains, try­ing out its "Off-Road Rock Crawl" fea­ture and adjust­ing its ground clear­ance. It's also been dri­ven across the con­ti­nen­tal U.S. to test its range and abil­i­ty to dri­ve switch­backs and oth­er terrain.

Ford is also test­ing their all-elec­tric F‑150 truck, which will be avail­able to con­sumers soon. To test its capa­bil­i­ties, they towed over 1 mil­lion pounds for 1,000 feet with a sin­gle all-elec­tric truck, an incred­i­ble feat even for a gaso­line vehicle.

2022 Rivian R1T | Review & Road Test

Ford: F‑150 Prototype

Source 1: “2022 Riv­ian R1T | Review & Road Test” YouTube, YouTube, 28 Sep­tem­ber 2021, 

Source 2: Ford. “All-Elec­tric F‑150 Pro­to­type: Tows 1M+ Pounds | F‑150 | Ford.” YouTube, YouTube, 23 July 2019,

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