Whether it's fair or not one cannot help but compare, contrast and compare actually, Rivian and Tesla since their approaches are so similar and yet so different. The point I was really trying to make is that Tesla seems to have no trouble with rolling out the CT with a couple of years backlog and I don't see why Rivian would.
Are they really that different? Expensive!Their price ranges are completely different.
Well the X was Tesla's third car and the R1T will be Rivians first so maybe not.Looking at the Model X pre-order history would be more applicable as well, right?
That's the big question. Will they ever compete with Tesla? I really hope so because I don't want one company to dominate this industry and so far it looks as if Rivian is the only real competitor out there. So we should be comparing early Rivian to early Tesla but that is tough to do. The elephant in the room, and the one I am worried most about, is the Super Charger network. I guess Tesla was selling cars before they built a single super charger - in fact there is still no super charging for roadsters.I'm really not trying to trash Rivian, but I don't think estimating they have $7-9 billion queued up in sales ready to go is an accurate assessment. Do they have more than 10,000 pre-orders? Probably, but that's also before deposit breakage comes into play. I expect big things for this company, but they aren't a Tesla yet.