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  1. manitou202

    How do you charge a Rivian R1T or R1S EV? Soon, easily- MT

    It the peak value only applies to a small section of the charging curve, then it isn't much help. I would rather have a lower peak value, but a high sustained value. For example, our Audi E-tron has a peak value of 150kW, but it's able to sustain that value all the way to 80%. As a result, it...
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    🚨 R1T Red Alert: First Retail "Sellable R1T" - First Look Video!

    This was my thought. First car will go to a VIP or remain with Rivian as a historical vehicle.
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    Part 2: We Drive the 2022 Rivian R1T Off-Road Across the Trans-America Trail - by MotorTrend

    It reminds me of taking a sports car to track day events. It's a blast, but a very expensive hobby.
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    Rivian and LG Batteries....

    50k E-tron sales in 2020 alone. The E-tron outsells the Model X and S globally.
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    Rivian and LG Batteries....

    The Audi E-tron uses LG batteries and hasn't had a fire that I'm aware of. They don't sell a lot of E-trons in the US, but they are one of the top selling EV's in Europe. It's possible that Hyundai and GM were using a lower cost design. I'm not sure who else is using LG today. However, there...
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    Article: Tesla all but confirms Cybertruck production delay until 2022

    And wait until they see the price increase. No way the CyberTruck is launching at the original price targets. I also wouldn't be surprised the 500mi range tri-motor get down graded to a 400mi tri-motor. This is basically what happened with the Model S and the Plaid+ getting cancelled.
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    Tesla to open Supercharger network to other EVs

    Not everywhere. Colorado is tough to get around without the Chargepoint network installed by the state. Tesla covered all the major highways, but not remote areas.
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    Off Road Range for EV? Jeep 4xe Review / Comparison from TFL

    Keep in mind plug-in-hybrids are not as efficient as pure EV's. The Wrangler is rated for 21 miles of range with 15kWh of usable battery capacity. That is an efficiency of 0.715 kWh / mile. Compare this to a Mustang Mach E with an average efficiency of about 0.300 kWh / mile. More than double...
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    RJ Scaringe: first Rivian R1T deliveries delayed from July 2021 until September

    Can you imagine Tesla Roaster reservation holders? $50k reservations started in 2017.
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    1st deliveries in November says my Rivian Guide. Communication from RJ expected today

    New product development is really hard to launch on time. With something as complex as a new vehicle from scratch there will always be unexpected issues. Doesn't mean a bad design, if anything it just means they are taking it seriously. As a customer who doesn't need a new car right away, I...
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    Why is towing capacity so much different then R1T?

    SUVs typically have lower tow ratings compared to their truck based equivalents due to a variety of factors. Wheel base, rear suspension, additional passenger weight for three row SUVs, minor differences in the frame, etc. It's not due to the differences in power. Look at a 4-runner versus...
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    Any forum members have extensive experience using Electrify America?

    Keep in mind that some of the automakers don't allow for full charging and discharging of the battery. I know for example that Audi/Porsche provide a big top and bottom buffer. So a 100% charge might only be 80-90% of the theoretical capacity of the battery. An E-tron can charge from 0-100% in...
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    Any forum members have extensive experience using Electrify America?

    If you simply grade the Tesla SC Network versus the EA network on total coverage then yes Tesla wins. Tesla also has the plug in charge advantage although some other brands like Ford and Porsche are beginning to add this feature in new updates. However it's only a convenience not a substantial...
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    Any forum members have extensive experience using Electrify America?

    My wife and I recently drove our Audi E-tron and Porsche Taycan from Colorado Springs to Phoenix. The Audi had a charging error happen in Northern Arizona, so we moved to the stall next to it with no further problems. 910 miles each way with two cars, and no real issues. We've also driven quite...
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    Electric F150 Lightning EV to be revealed May 19

    I've seen two articles reference low $50's for the extended battery which comes with the XLT.
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    Electric F150 Lightning EV to be revealed May 19

    The real world results versus EPA ratings are all over the place. Some EVs easily meet or exceed their EPA range at highway speeds. Others fall way below. The Ford Mach-E seems to exceed it's EPA rating which means that Ford is probably choosing a conservative range number. Therefore the...
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    Electric F150 Lightning EV to be revealed May 19

    All EVs are going to be terrible at towing for a really long time. Even the claimed 500mi CyberTruck will probably require 45-60 minutes for charging, only get 200 miles of useful range when towing, and most charging sites aren't setup for trailers. The Ford is going to be the clear winner for...
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    Rivian R1S and R1T vs Tesla Model X and Y -- Detailed Comparison Matrix

    Correction: The Model X does not support roof racks. Having owned a Model X, the R1S is going to feel like quite the upgrade while costing $12k less (not including the tax credit). The Model Y is still a good bargain all things considered, but no where near the level of luxury, performance...
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    The Competition Spotted - GMC Hummer EV

    I've never been a fan of Hummer, but I'll admit I find this one pretty cool. The part I like best is a Hummer EV is going to give all of these Bro-dozers some serious envy.