Does Rivian SUV have space for a spare tire

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  1. Gene

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    I have emailed Rivian 3 times but I never receive a reply. I know the truck has space for a spare tire. Does anyone here know if the SUV does as well? I wish Rivian would respond after 3 emails. Makes me a bit disappointed in them. I would call them but there is no phone number that I can find on their website :(
     
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    I would absolutely believe the R1S will have the same option for a spare. Same platform. Nothing different in flooring.
     
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    I was thinking the footwell for the 3rd row seating in the SUV would take up the same space as the spare tire space on the truck?
     
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    I know the 3rd row option is not available with the largest battery (180kwh), maybe this is to make room not only for the larger battery, but also the spare. Purely a guess though-
     
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    Another thought might be the way the third row might raise forward sort of like the 2 door wrangler. Could be a little heavy though if the third row actually performs like a comfortable seat. If I can drop the third row seating I would reconsider the R1S over the R1T.
     
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    In any event, it is very frustrating that the company does not respond to emails when I ask them these questions.
     
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    I agree. When I see them post stuff on Facebook or Twitter, it’s almost as if they respond to questions for the first couple of minutes, but then nothing. Granted, a lot of the questions can be answered by simply visiting the website, but still a little odd to be so secretive.
     
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    They could just be understaffed too. As a startup I'm sure they're mostly focused on R&D right now. I think they've done fairly well with marketing so far.
     
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    Very true. I can’t blame them for using all the free avenues for advertising right now, but I think they will have to step it up as production year (2020) approaches or they might see a lot of their predeposits being refunded.
     
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    If a company has a link to ask questions on their website, and a customer asks the same question 3 times, it might be good business practice to take 30 seconds to answer that question.
     
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    I agree with you Gene, I asked a few questions myself about R!S no response back. I am waiting for the reveal of model Y will make my decision after i visit NY auto show,hope Rivian does well cause I like a large vehicle hope not to much $$$
     
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    Good question Gene as I've been wondering the same thing. In addition, assuming it will have one, what type - full size or space saver - and where will it be stored? Personally I prefer the full size spare.
     
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    Jump to 13:15 ^

    Brian Gase (Chief Engineer) says there's an "inflatable spare tire".
     
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    Thank you for pointing this out. I'd need a full size spare for the places I go. May have to mount it via a rear bumper style mount.
     
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    The R1T is 15 inches longer than the R1S, and the truck wheelbase is lengthened to accommodate the pass-through storage compartment behind the rear doors. (Note how the rear wheel wells encroach on the rear doors of the SUV but sit well behind the rear doors on the truck.) The truck also weighs 44 pounds more than the SUV, despite the added weight of the rear enclosure on the SUV.

    A November 2018 review of the R1S in "Motor Trend" contained this statement about its spare tire: "There's also a rear tub if you take the full-size spare tire out, giving you another 6.4 cubic feet."
     
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    That's part of the 15% not shared between the R1T and R1S. ;)

    To be clear the author of that article provided a review of the R1S but clearly got his notes mixed up between the R1S and R1T with regards to the spare tire. The R1T will have a full-size spare tire but the R1S will have an inflatable (space saver) spare tire as Brian mentioned in the above video from the NY auto show last month.
     
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    I've found similar confusion in other automotive press reports on the Rivians. That's why this forum is so useful in helping clear things up. Given how much shorter the SUV is, an inflatable spare certainly makes more sense.

    I found one article that said the truck wheelbase is 15 inches longer than the SUV, and another that said the total vehicle length is 15 inches longer but only that the wheelbase is longer by an unspecified amount. From the pictures of the two and the rear wheel well location relative to the rear doors on each, one can tell the truck wheelbase is longer. By how much is probably anyone's guess until Rivian publishes the full specs.
     
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    I just found a chart that kumarczar published on another thread. The truck wheelbase is 135.83 inches long, and the SUV wheelbase is 121.06 inches long -- or almost 15 inches shorter.
     
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