While we know that Tesla is going to be around for a long time, their focus is on delivering as many vehicles as fast as they possibly can ... not building the highest quality car possible. Tesla rankings in Consumer Reports is shameful for a company that has the combined valuation of everyone else combined. For some strange reason, based on my Model S owner experience ... I think the Rivian is going to be a better ownership experience with the exception of the charging network. Talking to a friends with a newer Model S, I was disappointed to hear they have had way more mechanical issues than I ever had. It doesn't seem like Tesla is continuously improving the reliability of the cars like a Toyota would.I am a recent newcomer to the Rivian world having made my deposit in mid-March. I have serious concerns about shelling out what will end up being $90k for an SUV that is made by a new manufacturer to the point that I am considering putting $100 on a Model X or buying a Model Y in the near future. For me, $90k is a lot of money. I am giving up a reliable 2019 Cayenne when I trade it in. Sure, it will be getting close to the end of the warranty period, but that is a different discussion. Also, this will be our first EV. So, as my wife asked today after she test drove the Model Y, why do you need this car? Ultimately, I decided on making the deposit because I liked the vehicle AND the deposit was fully refundable. I like the idea that RJ floated into the ether about this company. I also think the shape of the R1S is more usable than the Model X or smaller Model Y. Plus, the R1S with the max pack should get over 400 "claimed" miles per charge. The Model X is at 360. So, I will likely wait for the max pack, but that is definitely putting this SUV into the 90k range. The other issue is that I am probably not seeing my Rivian until 2023 based on what a lot of the other members of this and the other forum have told me due to how late I made my deposit. So, that is another reason why I may end up switching to Tesla. If I knew I was getting the Rivian in early 2022, I would stand pat. But, new manufacturer, $90k, may not see it until 2023 ... things may change. The other posters have made great points as to why the company itself should be on financially stable ground. Personally, it is worth the risk to me, but I may not have the patience to wait another year-and-a-half.
So if you need a car that farts, get a Tesla. If you want something reliable, I'm going to give Rivian a try or stick with a well known hybrid.