How interested are you in a factory/tour delivery option?


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"With nothing much around," says the thread starter? Aside from Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, the Twin Cities and other places in the greater Mid-West region I apologize for not mentioning.
A little context is in order.
The Customer Engagement rep I was speaking with came from Ferrari and prior to that Ducati. Factory tours in Modena or Bologna are a touch more exotic than Illinois ;)

I also have relatives in the Midwest and would take a vacation to do this. I have driven across Kansas (actually twice in two days), Wyoming, Montana, etc and there is a certain "sameness" that is relaxing for a while, then gets old. But the payoff of the Rocky Mountains and/or other fantastic natural attractions between Normal and Oregon would be worth it.
 

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Would the tour be only for people pre-ordering the R1T? Seems like Rivian has been treating the R1S as the ugly step sister
 

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Would the tour be only for people pre-ordering the R1T? Seems like Rivian has been treating the R1S as the ugly step sister
In order to make this worthwhile, I don't think they would want to limit it. My guess is this is something that would be an option for all vehicle deliveries going forward. If they had enough takers, it could also provide a minor little boost to the local BN economy.
 

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I was kind of expecting to take delivery in Normal.... Since I live in Texas and until recently Texas was extremely unfriendly to the EV market... And really still is as far as deliverys go... Now that Tesla is setting up shop here I'm not sure if/when Texas will change the dealer rules.... Anyway I hope factory pickup is an option...
 

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Fly there & "adventure" my way back to TX.

Factory tour would be an awesome bonus. Would be great to have a regular delivery/tour time each month (or more frequently) that would also give us the opportunity to meet other owners, and possibly some local activity or adventure options while we're there.

Would be a great way to build the brand & owner community. Maybe even encourage people to take & share videos from their adventure home.
 

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Did anyone else get this email ?
 

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Just pulled the trigger on an R1T preorder (the site is having you pick between the R1T and the R1S as of right now) in hopes that my wife and I can do a factory tour and pick up in Normal! We are both engineers and she works in the automotive industry so it would be awesome for us! So excited right now!
 

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I’m totally up for a factory tour and drive home to Salt Lake in my new R1S. I would also consider pick-up in California and driving home from there, but I could make a few stops to see friends in Colorado along the way from IL.

Count me in.
 

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I’ve been counting on picking up my R1T at the factory ever since I placed my order - and was hoping they would include a factory tour! It’s an 8-1/2 hour drive back to my place in Oklahoma; easy one day drive if I didn’t stop for sightseeing along the way. Which I probably would.
 

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This would give me the excuse to visit a lot of friends that are too spread out to fly to visit. Add going through some great Utah trails sites.

But Laguna Beach is right next door. If delivery can take place there, Normal to SoCal may be too much in comparison.
 

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Whenever this comes up I caution people to be fully up to date on what the registration laws are in the state in which you take delivery and in your home state. In Virginia you will pay sales tax on a car you bring into the state irrespective of where you bought it and even if you have already paid sales tax on it in another state. This has happened to me before and more recently when I bought my first Tesla which was at a dealership in NJ and proposed flying up there to get it was cautioned by Telsa against doing so as I would have to pay NJ sales tax and then VA.

So Rivian would have to have some arrangement with Illinois whereby they can sell cars there without having to collect sales tax. I would need assurance that such an arrangement were in place before I would think of going to Normal for pickup. And, of course, I'd have to be able to take the paperwork to VA DMV in order to get plates for the truck for the trip home.
 

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