When is Rivian going to let someone (non-Rivian) drive one of these?

duff

New Member
Joined
Jul 29, 2020
Messages
4
Reaction score
0
Location
Las Vegas
Vehicles
Nissan Pathfinder
Occupation
EE
Hi All,

New here and skeptically looking at purchasing Rivian but all I have seen is marketing videos of their engineers driving the R1T. I've been loosely following Rivian for about 2 years now and I have not seen anything on an independent test drive. Why I bring this up is the original production date was set for this fall which would tell me they have production ready vehicles already built? Probably hundreds built already. I understand COVID19 has screwed up everything but they announced this fall production would start before COVID hit if remember correctly. Why not just let someone not associated with Rivian sit in one for test ride on a track and report on his/her experience?
 

jjwolf120

Well-Known Member
First Name
John
Joined
Feb 25, 2020
Messages
74
Reaction score
43
Location
Arcadia
First Name
John
Vehicles
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Occupation
TPA
They should have in the tens of prototype vehicles, but zero actual production vehicles. I think they will allow some test drives, once they have actual production vehicles available. Since they just started pilot production, it may be a while before anyone gets their hands on a vehicle to drive. I would guess they might have some vehicles for the press in early 2021, at the earliest. Hopefully, we will see some testing of the R1S in the near future.
 

electruck

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2019
Messages
366
Reaction score
306
Location
Dallas, TX
Vehicles
2018 Volvo XC60
Hi All,

New here and skeptically looking at purchasing Rivian but all I have seen is marketing videos of their engineers driving the R1T. I've been loosely following Rivian for about 2 years now and I have not seen anything on an independent test drive. Why I bring this up is the original production date was set for this fall which would tell me they have production ready vehicles already built? Probably hundreds built already. I understand COVID19 has screwed up everything but they announced this fall production would start before COVID hit if remember correctly. Why not just let someone not associated with Rivian sit in one for test ride on a track and report on his/her experience?
They just started their pilot production line last week so they have not built the hundreds of vehicles that you expect they would have by now. The vehicles you have seen to date have been hand assembled prototypes, not something a car maker wants to put out for review.

Rivian does not expect us to buy without first being given the opportunity for a test drive. We have been told that they will be offering test drives of production spec R1T and R1S at some point after the online configurator tool has been released (I specifically asked if test drives of the R1S would be available at the same time as R1T and was told yes). Obviously this will also be contingent on being able to host such events in light of covid. Once we are able to get behind the wheel, you will either be able to drive it for yourself or at least obtain feedback from those that do.
 
OP
D

duff

New Member
Joined
Jul 29, 2020
Messages
4
Reaction score
0
Location
Las Vegas
Vehicles
Nissan Pathfinder
Occupation
EE
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
Hope they are way beyond just prototype vehicles if they were going to start selling them this fall before COVID.
 

electruck

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2019
Messages
366
Reaction score
306
Location
Dallas, TX
Vehicles
2018 Volvo XC60
Hope they are way beyond just prototype vehicles if they were going to start selling them this fall before COVID.
Even before covid they were not going to be delivering anything this fall. At best, a few vehicles by late December with most deliveries starting in 2021.
 

skyote

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 12, 2019
Messages
749
Reaction score
628
Location
Austin, TX
Vehicles
Jeeps & 2500HD Duramax
From another post here, but I was told this directly. Unfortunately, no doubt that COVID has pushed the timeline back.

"Late summer" is when I was told for the test drives & 60 vehicles was specifically mentioned, which should be enough to distribute fairly well.
 

jimrichard

Member
Joined
Jul 16, 2020
Messages
21
Reaction score
12
Location
Colorado/USA
Vehicles
2003 Toyota Tundra, 2017 Infiniti Q50
Occupation
Self
My question would be will we be able to change our configure options after we have seen the actual production vehicle ? I would really like to see the colors interior and exterior before ordering but don't want to loose any more places in line. They should also hopefully tell us which options will put us further back and which ones are more available. Not just battery options but colors and more. I am sure it will all work out but this is truly a lot of money for some of us to drop on a vehicle without getting our hands on one or even knowing exactly what it will look like with our options. And will we have to drive 1000 miles to see one or will they be in all the bigger cities ? Not a Tesla owner so I don't know how they did it either.
 

Moonjock

Member
First Name
Scott
Joined
Jun 9, 2020
Messages
15
Reaction score
9
Location
Alaska
First Name
Scott
Vehicles
2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
Occupation
Lab Tech
I'm ready to drive one. If they make test drives available in Laguna I'll fly from Alaska to LA for that.
 

jimrichard

Member
Joined
Jul 16, 2020
Messages
21
Reaction score
12
Location
Colorado/USA
Vehicles
2003 Toyota Tundra, 2017 Infiniti Q50
Occupation
Self
Yes these things look more exciting than sex at least at my age !
 

DucRider

Well-Known Member
First Name
Gary
Joined
Oct 21, 2019
Messages
201
Reaction score
149
Location
rRegon
First Name
Gary
Vehicles
Clarity Electric
Not a Tesla owner so I don't know how they did it either.
Tesla is sight unseen - no test drives - on new models. This has been the case for every release so far S, X, 3 & Y.
There is a gentleman near me that attends EV events fairly frequently. He got the first Model X in Oregon - a "signature edition". Signature edition with Tesla means fully loaded, usually a special color, ships first, and you get to pay more when you reserve. He paid a $40K deposit for his Model X expecting delivery in ~1 year. IIRC it was a touch under 3 years before he got it.
Not to be deterred, he immediately put in for the "Founders Series" Roadster when reservations open. That one is a pay in full ($250K) upon reserving. Same zip code as me as far as the post office is concerned, but way, way out of my league financially.

Rivian will be making test drives available before requiring converting your reservation to an an order. Before COVID, they had sent out an email survey to try and gauge how far people were willing to travel to test drive events. Not sure what, if any, impact COVID has had on those plans.
 

DetachedGarage

New Member
First Name
Sean
Joined
Aug 3, 2020
Messages
4
Reaction score
5
Location
Wisconsin
Website
www.youtube.com
First Name
Sean
Vehicles
2019 Tesla Model S long range, 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited
Occupation
Rapid Prototyping
They are hiring like crazy for their customer experience center in Normal, Illinois. Hopefully it will be the offroad comparison to the BMW center in Spartanburg, SC and the Porsche center in LA and Atlanta.
 
Top