Absolutely agree on lighter wood option. I wouldn't want a light color, but something a bit lighter with some interesting grain, for contrast. Maybe like the wood in the silver R1T, or maybe even a touch darker than that even.Anyone besides me think the lighter/natural wood trim from the Lunar Rock interior would look amazing in the Black Mountain interior? The dark stain of the wood trim in the Black Mountain interior makes everything very monochrome. I think the contrast of the light wood trim against the darker interior would add a little visual interest. Would love to order mine this way but don't expect I'll have the option.
I totally agree. Having connections at the rear of the vehicles (R1S too), would be great for trailer w/ battery or even hitch-mounted aux packs.But I was hoping that Rivian would indeed not only offer the auxiliary battery pack (electronic jerry can) that can be added to the bed when you need extra range
You are not the only one interested in something like this but the question for Rivian is "Are there enough people interested in this that we could expect to sell enough of them that we could make a profit. The answer is probably "no". At this time batteries are still expensive and heavy. This means that a 100 kWh auxilliary battery pack would probably have to be sold at a price point well above $30,000. That's an expensive accessory. Then they would have to figure out how to interface the auxiliary battery and its BMS to the vehicle system and how to mount it. They can obviously design it to fit into the bed of the truck they designed but how about 3rd party trailers. Safety is a big concern here as 100 kWh is a lot of energy and it is being delivered via 385V. If one of these things is physically damaged the result can be an explosion or fire. It would take quite a bit of engineering to come up with a workable safe interface. All that NRE has to be recovered and my gut says the market simply isn't there.I've been dithering on adding this to the list of wants, because I may be the only one interested in it...
Interesting. Had they specified that the aux battery would be 100kWh? I wouldn't have expected it to be that much. I was expecting more something that would give on the order of an additional 50 miles or so, so on the order of 25kWh. Wouldn't have thought they would add a battery near the size of the base model vehicle. If that is the case, then it would be too heavy and would take up too much of the bed to really be portable.This means that a 100 kWh auxilliary battery pack would probably have to be sold at a price point well above $30,000.
AFAIK they have never indicated any intention to produce such a battery though they have filed (and received, I believe) a patent for the electrical Jerry can. The size, is, of course, a major consideration. If they are smart (and I think they are) they would do it with, say, 25 kWh modules and offer a couple of sizes.
In thinking about size consider that while 25 kWh may buy you 50 miles for the R1T by itself it might only get you 10 or 20 miles if towing a load. What I am getting at is there may not be any point in a pack of such small size. Also keep in mind that practically speaking you will only use 20 kWh out of the 25 i.e. a 25 kWh pack really only delivers 40 miles in practice and half or less of that when towing a load. Of course if we go to a larger size we have the problem of hefting it in or out of the truck or trailer. Perhaps the thing could be arranged in manageable sized modules that could be plugged together. The design space is huge.
Of course I do. But I also know how unpredictable range can be when towing with one, changing the load and aerodynamics. So if I am to tow with it and take it far from the charging infrastructure, I will always be looking for alternatives. Yes you can charge at campgrounds and yes, if I have a battery system in the trailer I could slow charge off the 120V system if I really needed to. I was just bringing up an idea that could improve convenience in the future.As you list an S and an X I am sure you know how to squeeze out an extra 10 - 20 miles without having to resort to additional battery.