I agree with your logic about people moving, etc., which is why I'm not so sure that service center buildings play a major part in determining where Rivian's vehicles are shipped first. It appears to be though. Like you said, it may be they're not counting on that many people moving to an area without a service center close by.This is just not practical. You cannot spend millions without any revenue coming in to replenish the well. Would it have been better if Rivian refused orders from areas where they do not have coverage and don't plan to have it in the next few years? I look at it like that local pizza joint that everyone loves, but only has a limited delivery area. They just refuse deliver orders if you are outside the delivery area. The flaw in Rivian's logic is people move and vehicles travel. When you need service you could end up being a long way away from a service center. They are banking on most purchasers staying local. I think this is more out of necessity than anything else. It's an approach to roll out and I for one am not in the know to second guess it.
From my understanding, mobile service will provide the majority of care, while supplying a "borrow" vehicle if they need to tow the Rivian to a service building. That would be on Rivian as to where they would tow the vehicle. They should have this all figured out prior to sales and I think they did.
"You cannot spend millions without any revenue coming in to replenish the well." I don't know what time limit you're referring to, as I agree with your comment in general, but they've done a good job so far without revenue from Rivian vehicle sales. What, maybe 11-12 years so far? Not only that, but I believe they have made donations and even refused a million dollars from their home town, Normal. Seems like I read something about that. Could be mistaken.
"It's an approach to roll out and I for one am not in the know to second guess it."......Me either, but I can sure give my opinion.
" Lack of information leads to speculation."