Rivian has submitted a patent software for an in-mattress storage method for its electric powered vehicles.
In a patent application published by the United States Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) on April 6 (and initially filed Oct. 5, 2021) Rivian aspects storage bins crafted into the sides of a pickup’s mattress. The program is identical to the Ram Box system supplied on Ram vans for various many years now and slated for the 2025 Ram 1500 REV, the brand’s initial all-electrical product.
Rivian mattress storage patent picture
Ram Bins are literal packing containers built into the mattress sides, but Rivian is going for a little something a bit far more elaborate. The patent application describes overall outside the house bed panels that fold down, which, in a single configuration, reveals a number of storage compartments. Accompanying drawings also present cutouts on possibly aspect of the mattress for for a longer time products, like an uncovered model of the Equipment Tunnel storage compartment found behind the taxi in Rivian R1T pickups.
This set up could be made use of for extra than storage, the software indicates. The fold-out panels could serve as seating, just as tailgates do when camping or partying in a stadium parking lot. A fold-out desk could also be provided, Rivian implies in the application, which appears to be like a superior addition to the slide-out camp kitchen area the business has proven for the R1T.
Rivian bed storage patent graphic
Rivian has floated a few other thoughts for wringing much more utility out of its electrical vans. Former patent purposes showed telescoping and folding tailgates, as properly as a tailgate phase. Basic Motors, meanwhile, recently filed a trademark application for a Multistow tailgate, hinting that it’s arranging to incorporate some storage into the tailgate as perfectly. Ram looks written content with its Ram Boxes, which had been demonstrated in rather-a lot-unchanged type on the Ram 1500 REV at the 2023 New York auto present.
If Rivian decides to place its very own bed storage system into production, it is really unclear if it will be incorporated into the present-day R1T or upcoming-generation vehicles primarily based on the firm’s R2 system, which is envisioned to start in 2026.