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    Rivian confirms POWERED tailgate has now been KILLED

    Because a fully-opened frunk lid would be hard for shorter users to reach? Lucid has postponed its power-operated passenger doors due to issues with sensor suppliers. I wonder if that's the reason Rivian canceled the power-operated tailgate. Sensors are less critical when opening a frunk lid...
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    Preferred R1S Seat Configuration?

    The interior updates of the new Tesla Plaid Model S and X have gotten a lot of attention (and debate). But has anyone paid attention to the second-row seat of the new Model X? At long last, Tesla finally put a fold-down center armrest with some storage in the rear seat of the Model S. But the...
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    Rivian confirms POWERED tailgate has now been KILLED

    Let's hope the analogy between Lucid and Rivian doesn't carry too far. Amid all the hubbub yesterday about Lucid confirming the reverse merger with CCIV to go public, Lucid slipped in an announcement that their start of production for customer cars has been pushed out. The launch Air Dream...
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    Rivian confirms POWERED tailgate has now been KILLED

    I have a reservation for a Lucid Air Dream Edition as well as a Rivian R1S, so I've been following developments at Lucid as closely as I can. They are following the same trajectory as Rivian, both in terms of removing features that were initially teased and in making changes at what seems to be...
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    Paint Protection Film...Thoughts?

    I had been toying with the idea of a PPF for my next vehicle, but my brother put a 3M PPF on his Tesla Model 3 that has given him some trouble with dirt build-up under the edges causing the film to let go a bit. (He did not opt to have a tuck done, so I don't know if that has contributed to the...
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    Florida Pre-orders

    Here is the current map of Electrify America locations. It looks very similar in terms of distribution to a Tesla supercharger map. Florida has a heavy concentration of charging stations, which tracks the fact that Florida has a high concentration of EV owners -- fourth among all the states...
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    Florida Pre-orders

    I'm taking delivery of a Lucid Air Dream Edition in April/May but am seriously considering also going forward with my Rivian R1S launch edition reservation (since Feb 2019). Does anyone know whether/where/when Florida reservation holders will be able to see and sit in the vehicle before...
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    Rear Seat Room in R1S

    Thanks. I had read that the 180-kWh pack would be available with 3 seats in the future, but I didn't realize it was going to be that far out. I wonder what the reason is for the long delay?
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    Some new details on Alexa integration

    A question about Alexa . . . . Will Alexa software be embedded in the Rivian, or will it only work in the vehicle via your smartphone?
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    How many ordering Launch Edition ?

    Lucid is saying pretty much the same thing. As the great majority of their early sales are in California and south Florida -- and they have plans to be big in the Middle East -- solar heat gain is a real issue for them. They are claiming the tint they are using has 97% solar energy rejection...
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    How many ordering Launch Edition ?

    Interesting. Lucid was also teasing electrochromic glass for the upcoming Air sedan. The alpha cars even had a switch for dimming it above the rearview mirror. But Lucid dropped it, too, during development. Electrochromic film is fairly rigid and it has no fade-out from tinted to untinted...
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    Some new details on Alexa integration

    I'm getting a Lucid Air Dream Edition in April/May and a Rivian R1S this fall. They both use Alexa. This will be the first time I've ever owned two cars simultaneously in which I might be able to operate all the features without having to think twice about which vehicle I'm in. It's always been...
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    Lucid Air over 500 miles on a charge!

    I just re-read this post and see your point more clearly. FEV North America is the U.S. branch of a German engineering consulting firm that, among other services, conducts mileage and range testing for a wide array of automakers, including the likes of GM and Ford, in preparation for their...
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    Lucid Air over 500 miles on a charge!

    According to the EPA website, they test 15-20% of cars themselves and rely on manufacturer-submitted data for the rest. Edson told me that Lucid was submitting cars to the EPA for testing. Perhaps since there have been so many naysayers on the internet claiming that the Lucid range testing...
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    Lucid Air over 500 miles on a charge!

    I went to the opening of Lucid's Miami Design Studio on Saturday. Zak Edson, Lucid's head of Marketing and Sales (who previously held the same position at Tesla), was on hand with a lot of information. One thing he discussed which has been mentioned nowhere in the car press is that the Lucid...
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    Leg Room R1T vs R1S

    This is interesting, as I was planning to use my R1S as my fall back vehicle for carrying older rear passengers should my Lucid Air turn out not to be as roomy as I hope. As I posted above, without knowing exactly how legroom is measured by each maker, it's difficult to compare two vehicles...
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    Leg Room R1T vs R1S

    Unfortunately, there are myriad ways to measure rear legroom. SAE has issued some standards, but even they are open to interpretation, as they vary depending on where the front seat is set. Sometimes the front seat is set at the driving position of a 95th percentile driver, but that metric...
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    Regenerative Braking Capacity

    . . . or I can use the conversion app on my iPhone.:angel:
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    Regenerative Braking Capacity

    All I try to keep straight is that 100 kph = 62 mph in European car reviews, and 30º Celsius is about the limit for sitting on the lanai.
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    Regenerative Braking Capacity

    My partner is Polish. You should see the morning confusion in our house about the outside temperature.


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