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    What Does Ford's Financial Situation Mean for Rivian?

    After all the trouble Elon Musk had with short-sellers trashing every move Tesla made and overhyping every glitch with the cars in an attempt to profit off stock price declines, Rivian would be very smart to stay out of the public markets as long as they can.
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    What Does Ford's Financial Situation Mean for Rivian?

    According to Bloomberg, Joseph Hinrichs of Ford sits on the Rivian board. "Electrek" has also reported that Cox Automotive is getting a seat on the board as part of its investment. Can't find any indication that Amazon took a seat.
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    What Does Ford's Financial Situation Mean for Rivian?

    I don't know the specifics of the arrangement, but all the press reports billed this as Ford's having "invested" in Rivian, which would not suggest a loan. If Ford actually took a stake in Rivian, that stake would become an asset of Ford that would become part of any bankruptcy action, meaning...
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    So No Deliveries in 2020?

    This is source of my comment about I-Pace sales: https://cleantechnica.com/2019/08/13/jaguar-i-pace-sales-have-crashed-dealer-inventory-exceeds-6-month-supply/ The relevant language in the article is: "Be that as it may, sales of the I-Pace have been, ummm, disappointing. According to Inside...
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    So No Deliveries in 2020?

    I believe Rivian put out a recent statement saying that R1T production would start in December of this year to be followed by start of R1S production in March 2021.
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    So No Deliveries in 2020?

    True that.
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    So No Deliveries in 2020?

    Lucid Air has also said its configurator would open up in April, and Tesla is reportedly trying to move the introduction of its Plaid drivetrain for the Models S and X up from late 2020 to midsummer. It seems a bit of a race is on to lock down orders and keep people away from the lure of...
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    Captains Chairs in middle row?

    I would also like a second-row captain's chair option, but for a different reason. I'm looking at an R1S as the EV with the most commodious rear seating for older adults, and captain's chairs would fit the bill nicely. I'm also looking at a Lucid Air, which promises very good rear legroom...
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    Rivian - PLEASE DO THIS

    Chevron and ExxonMobil are also getting on board with installing charging stations. I think we're going to reach a tipping point when charging stations start to become common at gas stations. Most gas stations make considerably more profit off sales of food and convenience items than sales of...
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    Rivian - PLEASE DO THIS

    Musk really seems to have a go-it-alone bias that has become stronger as Tesla's success has become more assured. He's almost like Henry Ford in his instinct for vertical integration, ranging from batteries to things as non-strategic as car seats, something that he almost alone has brought...
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    Rivian - PLEASE DO THIS

    If these arguments don't still bear weight, I wonder why there are so many posts on this board and elsewhere by people worrying about how they will charge their EV's on the road. I do agree the situation is much improved over what it was in 2012, as I posted earlier, but I don't think the...
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    Rivian - PLEASE DO THIS

    I don't think future charging will be limited to Tesla or EA. Several oil companies are already looking at installing charging stations at their existing gas stations, and I'm sure the free market will evolve more responses to growing charging demands. I suspect that ten years from now...
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    Rivian - PLEASE DO THIS

    I don't think Tesla is interested in opening its network to other manufacturers. Early on, Musk offered to make his Superchargers an open system, but other manufacturers -- perhaps betting that Musk wouldn't or couldn't really fund a proprietary system for his upstart company -- refused to get...
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    What would you like to see on your new Rivian or from the Rivian company??

    The fuel pumps are also fewer and farther between, at least for the time being. I agree with everything you said about how you develop an informed intuition over time about what you can do with your BEV range-wise. However, I fear that for someone who really needs to tow large loads over long...
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    Rivian Crossover

    There is also a reason Rivian is entering the market with an SUV as one of its first vehicles. Rolls-Royce just announced a 25% increase in annual sales over its previous high in 2018. It said the record sales increase was driven by the introduction of the Cullinan, its SUV. EV's are still...
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    Rivian Crossover

    Definitions of a crossover: "The traditional SUV is usually based on a truck chassis while crossovers are built on car chassis. This means that crossovers have a unibody construction where the frame and body are one piece." (Autolist) "A crossover— also called crossover or CUV— is a type of...
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    Rivian Crossover

    The definition of a crossover is a vehicle that is based on a car platform, and they typically have unibody construction and weights that put them in the "light vehicle" classification. So, unless Rivian adds an utterly different skateboard to its line-up, any smaller vehicle they might make...
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    Leather Interior Colors

    My last two Honda minivans have had "truffle" interiors. It's a silly name, but it's sort of a dark gray/brown very similar to the frame cladding on the seats in Skyote's picture. It gives a lot of advantages of a black interior but allows cabin contours to stand out a bit more. I prefer...
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    Leather Interior Colors

    Some of the new synthetic leathers are actually considerable improvements over real leather -- and often go at premium prices over leather. They have the look, feel, and breathability, but better wear and cleaning characteristics. I ordered a set of custom-built theater seats and was offered...
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    Mid-Size or Super Mid Size?

    I have a Model S with the now-discontinued executive rear seats. I'm 5'8", and when I'm in the rear seat my head almost touches the liner and my knees are jacked up under my chin. Very uncomfortable, as you say. I've test driven a Model X twice to see if it would be more commodious for adult...
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