I agree.Anyone that uses their own money to purchase a vehicle is a customer. If or by whom they are employed is irrelevant.
I'll take your word for it. Too many pages for me to look over. Plus, what you wrote makes sense anyway. Thanks for answering my question, as to where you found this information.The S1 filing laid out that at least some employees were given the chance to be early purchasers of LE vehicles (both R1T and R1S). They were put in the queue as preorder holders.
This is where we may differ, in terms of being mutually exclusive. They start out the same, but may not end that way, especially if the employee keeps his job for two years. He will then have a $24,000 discount, not available to a regular preorder holder. Nothing wrong with that either. If the employee paid a preorder deposit for the Rivian, I say it counts as a delivery in September. However, I'm guessing RJ already knew this when he sent out his August update and intentionally worded his message the way he did, instead of stating it would go to employee preorder holders first. He had to know, at the very least, employees would have the incentive to go ahead and take possession in September, with unanswered questions, that weren't available to the rest of us. To me it was misleading. No doubt there will be disagreements with my views.They purchase the vehicle themselves, but then do get a $1K/mo subsidy for 24 months (as long as they stay employed by Rivian).
What I have doubts about, is whether Rivian made deliveries to non-employees in September? I've heard several reports saying there were, but I don't know for sure. As of yesterday, we have an idea about Membership costs, available plans to purchase, and FSD fees, but not completely.
What all is included in Trial Membership? I was told by CS that it is automatically activated when shipped, that we don't need to do anything. That's fine, but since it's already activated, will we be able to turn it off, to see how the vehicle operates without subscribing?
In addition, there are a lot of other unanswered questions. No doubt there are people on this forum that will buy sight unseen, not driven, nor care about any unanswered questions. How does Rivian determine who these people are, so they can deliver to them in September? I'm not one, so it's difficult for me to believe that any regular preorder holders have accepted delivery in September, unless they were given special incentives, unanswered questions answered, or have more expendable money than the average person.
In the long-term outlook, none of what I said above matters. We will get the Rivian when they decide to ship to us. As long as we want their product, we will justify our decisions. My biggest concerns have been about their communication and ambiguous statements.
I agree 100%.Nice perk and a good way to help attract quality talent (and build loyalty, make employees feel appreciated, etc.)