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    R1T Overland Rig Possibilities

    This company, out of Montana, makes custom, clamshell platform tents with a steel frame for support and fold out sides. By removing cushions from the platform bed, you can stand inside the bed and by using the fold up sides for attaching the solar panels, you've actually got an overland rig...
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    RJ Interviewed on Bloomberg Live

    RJ says towards the end of the Bloomberg interview that properly designed batteries will last longer than the vehicle. Or, in other words, vehicles will age faster than the batteries. He says the batteries will last "hundreds of thousands of miles and even a million miles if managed properly"...
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    Anyone considering the Nikola Badger alternative?

    Theranos sequel, indeed. Two years of investigations and law suits later, and Holmes is readying an insanity defense. "The gigantic $$$ signs made me do it!"
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    Anyone considering the Nikola Badger alternative?

    My bad for calling GM's agreement with Nikola as an investment. It's more akin to a design, development and manufacturing agreement wherein Nikola pays GM for providing those services. It's nearly no-risk for GM, except for negative reputational effects stemming from being associated with...
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    Anyone considering the Nikola Badger alternative?

    Gaining $2 billion in stock, whether paid for in cash or cash equivalents, is an investment (from GM's point of view). GM gets 11% of Nikola's shares, a board seat, and GM controls all of the design, engineering and manufacturing decisions and capabilities. Nikola's future is in GM's...
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    Anyone considering the Nikola Badger alternative?

    GM has agreed to buy 11% of Nikola's shares, a publicly listed company, for $2 billion. That's an investment. Nikola has neither proven battery, fuel cell and hydrogen tech nor engineering & production capabilities of its own. GM's investment comes with a seat on Nikola's board, and...
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    Anyone considering the Nikola Badger alternative?

    That's an interesting question - whether or not GM will back out. I don't think GM expected to gain much on the technology side. It likely saw Nikola as another brand in its portfolio and as another platform to use GM battery and fuel cell technologies. GM would get to leverage its know-how...
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    Anyone considering the Nikola Badger alternative?

    I'm not trying to run down Nikola and Trevor, but I'm talking about Nikola's situation, as I see it. Just because Nikola "proactively" contacted the SEC and "briefed it" doesn't stop an investigation. The SEC protects investors and the market from listed companies that make false and...
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    Anyone considering the Nikola Badger alternative?

    Unfortunately, it's more than Nikola One's functionality. It's a pattern of deceptions and misrepresentations. Now the SEC has opened an investigation, and if Nikola gave out false information as a publicly listed company, the repercussions may be severe. In other words, the Nikola One is...
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    Rivian R1T to participate in the 2020 Rebelle Rally

    Here's more info on the Rebelle Rally, the same as #22 above, but it comes with a video at the end featuring RJ and Alex Honnold being interviewed. It's a great interview if you haven't seen it before. RJ and Alex talk about what it takes to excel at something no one has ever done before...
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    Why are you buying your Rivian?

    OLDEVGUY, thanks for the E Source link on EV buyer personality. As the article's graph shows but doesn't discuss, there's a gap between so-called early adopters and the early majority. The gap represents 2 obstacles to overcome before products become mainstream: technology driving an industry...
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    Reservations About My Reservation

    I hear you, gombater. When Rivian announced in November 2018, when you and I preordered, the BEV truck market was wide open and Rivian could choose wherever it wanted to nail down a stake. It chose "adventure trucking". That was then, this is now. I'm not sure Rivian would choose the...
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    Video: Preproduction R1T Begin Rolling Off The Line!

    At 00:11, you can see the dashboard clearly and it still looks like wood, but stained a dark color. So I think it's still a wood option but one that we haven't seen before.
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    Anyone considering the Nikola Badger alternative?

    I'm stating the obvious. At best, Nikola and the Badger are under a dark cloud. How much of a cloud and how long will it last are unknowns. I don't know those outcomes. But Nikola does not have design, engineering and manufacturing resources to bring products to market on its own. GM...
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    Video: Preproduction R1T Begin Rolling Off The Line!

    Yes, it's a great color. What would you call it? Chocolate bronze?
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    Anyone considering the Nikola Badger alternative?

    Rather than a huge win for GM, GM's 11% stake in Nikola may prove to have been a huge mistake. Even if GM was mostly buying a brand rather than tech, the brand is now tarnished. Only time will tell if it's irretrievably damaged. (And legal actions by GM and the SEC wouldn't be surprising.)
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    Lucid Air over 500 miles on a charge!

    Lucid's configurator sets a bar for Rivian and, while higher resolution images would be great, the Lucid configurator's renderings are nice enough, IMO. I certainly don't want Rivian to hold up releasing a configurator because the imagings are "low" resolution.
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    Reservations About My Reservation

    Alex on Autos and Fred Lambert of Electrek both ordered in November, not December, 2018 since they influenced me to order on November 30, 2018. Alex gets reviews out quickly and they're thorough, so we should hear something relatively early from him.
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    Anyone considering the Nikola Badger alternative?

    Nikola will continue to need massive amounts of cash, and it now has a cash or cash-equivalents rich partner. Good for Nikola, better for GM. Either way, by spinning in or by spinning out Nikola, GM benefits. But boy, am I glad that RJ and Rivian rejected GM's overtures. There, but for the...
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    Anyone considering the Nikola Badger alternative?

    In almost any other market environment, Nikola would have had a hard time raising money. At the moment, it's a company of ideas more than anything else with a talky, somewhat charismatic CEO. GM couldn't bring Rivian into the fold (thank goodness), and while it has some good tech, witness the...
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