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    Rivian Guide Contacted Finally! (For Real) 📬

    Obviously it will be in Waycross. :CWL: I'm guessing Decatur-ish, North Fulton (Sandy Springs/Roswell/Alpharetta), or Marietta. I'm in Roswell and I know no permits have been pulled up here.
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    Quantumscape has a timeline to solid state.

    Are those numbers on the Tesla cells right? I've seen nothing that indicates a near doubling of the energy density, at least not when the 4680 cells are first manufactured. Maybe in 2025 with significant chemistry improvements.
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    Report: Rivian Confirms Plan for Second U.S. Assembly Plant 🏭

    Of course he does, but he's not calling a special session of the General Assembly just to hold a vote on direct sales of automobiles. The incentives that would be offered are likely already allowed under various economic development provisions of the OCGA and wouldn't need a special session this...
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    Report: Rivian Confirms Plan for Second U.S. Assembly Plant 🏭

    The comments about direct sales in Georgia are kind of funny to me. It's not going to change this year, but if there's a factory coming to Georgia, the political calculus changes. Rivian would ultimately be fools to base such an important decision on the direct sales issue. It will certainly be...
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    Should 20" Wheels be the standard wheel included

    hmm... ok, first, it's not a donut--which is full diameter but narrower than a normal tire. It's a collapsed inflatable spare. But the interesting question will be whether someone who gets a 21 or 22" set of wheels will get a different collapsed spare than someone who gets one of the 20"...
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    Article: Tesla all but confirms Cybertruck production delay until 2022

    It's somewhere between 2-7% added drag based on research and textbooks. Because of the cybertruck's shape, it could very need a somewhat large mirror, and the cybertruck will have a pretty low Cd overall, so I'd bet 3-5%. You're right, "significant" could imply much larger. I was just meaning...
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    Article: Tesla all but confirms Cybertruck production delay until 2022

    The design cannot be final if only because there's a very slim chance of them getting approval to drop the side-view mirrors. Adding those to meet US regulatory requirements will alter the design and also reduce mileage by a noticeable amount. Those external mirrors really add a significant...
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    Electrify America Announces Plan to More than Double Its EV Charging Network by End of 2025

    EA has released their "Cycle 3 National ZEV Investment Plan". I thought this slide from the summary materials is helpful for a quick glance at where they're expanding. Big note though: this is expansion outside of California only, since California has a separate investment plan required by CARB...
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    Should 20" Wheels be the standard wheel included

    Good shout. I have been leaning toward just sticking with the standard 21" wheels, but the issue of it being literally the only car with that size is very disappointing. Getting those and then switching to 275/60R20 with a good aftermarket set of rims and tires when those die might be a good...
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    Report: Rivian Confirms Plan for Second U.S. Assembly Plant 🏭

    Yep. The bill never got a vote. The GA General Assembly is also done for the year except for special sessions, so the bill has no chance of coming up for a vote until 2022. Georgia has a lot of positives. Good port access in Savannah, Jacksonville, and Charleston. Good rail facilities all...
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    Should 20" Wheels be the standard wheel included

    Interesting question. Most AWD systems have problems with tires that are worn differently (can't usually put a new tire on one corner with the other 3 heavily worn). I would be surprised if Rivan is going to invest the time and resources into programming their control system to be sophisticated...
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    Tesla to allow non Tesla EVs to use their Superchargers

    Sounds great… now switch all your cars and supercharger sites to J1772 Combo plugs so nobody in North America will need an adapter to use any charging station.
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    Should 20" Wheels be the standard wheel included

    Wheel rim diameter isn't the only dimension for tires. What's the width of those wheels? And what's the sidewall aspect ratio? I'll bet they're narrower than 275 and much lower aspect ratio than 55. (Rivian's 21" wheels use 275/55R21's).
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    Help end debate: Is it true Rivian was scheduled to begin delivery of R1T in July, without details on infotainment or charging?

    First, that's showing $690 more than $35k. That's not the same as $35k. Second, that's not what the site shows at all. That's a gigantic mistruth that Tesla continues to peddle on their site. This is reality: The Model 3 is a >$40k car right now and has never been a $35k car.
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    Report: Rivian Confirms Plan for Second U.S. Assembly Plant 🏭

    You got a source for that, because as of a May 3, 2021 press release, they were looking at producing cells for Ford to test in vehicles next year.
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    Should 20" Wheels be the standard wheel included

    Yeah, that scares me a lot. As others have mentioned, what happens when you get a flat on a road trip that can't be plugged or patched? You have to wait for a tire to be shipped to wherever the heck you are? What an oddball (stupid) decision to go with a completely unique tire size!
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    Real Rivian Photos & Videos

    Yee-ay-yah buddy!
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    The Truth About EV Range & Towing compared to ICE towing?

    Mr. Fusion would definitely be available 24 hours. It also provided at least 1.21 jiggawatts of power. Way more than the radiation receptors you're talking about! :p
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    RJ Scaringe posts video: Steep Climb @ Moab by R1S

    The R1S design looks like you'll have to open the liftgate first, but maybe you can open both then close the liftgate without closing the tailgate?
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    The Truth About EV Range & Towing compared to ICE towing?

    The real breakthrough will be when Mr. Fusion finally comes out. Seriously though, solid state batteries have the potential to more than double energy density and provide significant improvements in charge and discharge capability as well as thermal management and safety. That's a pretty...


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