Featured Rivian submitted new Swing and Drop Tailgate patent

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  1. davrow_R1T

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    #1 davrow_R1T, Dec 14, 2019
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    "Rivian has submitted a patent for a “Swing and Drop Tailgate” door that would allow for easier access to the bed of the R1T pickup truck."

    This from an article at the Teslarati website. Seems like a long overdue approach.

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    Wish Rivian would apply the same type of tailgate to the R1S for the same reasons. R1S split rear door (combo hatch and tailgate) leaves the tailgate section in the traditional horizontal position.
     
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    It's a short tailgate though, which I like. Added benefit of this is that you can open the top portion without things falling out, which is an issue with my Grand Cherokee (one piece).
     
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    I wasn't aware. That's good to hear, thanks, as I was a little concerned about loadling/unloading. I also have (and had) a full, one piece hatch door. Fortunately both SUVs allow the window portion of the hatch to open so things falling out were mitigated but I do know what you mean. I'll have to make a point of it the next time I see the R1S in person to ask a Rivian rep to open the rear tailgate. Would also be curious to see it with the gate up but leave the top/window portion open. Wonder how, if at all, the R1S would handle being driven that way. (E.g. short runs from the hardware store.) Comes in handy when transporting something too long for the cargo area and not have to deal with securing it to the roof.
     
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    I'm betting there is a camera on the tailgate, right? If so, seems simple to prevent moving past 90, or reduce angle to avoid tailgate hitting the hitch.
     
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    I realize Rivian has to develop and design for the lowest common denominator, but at what point can someone say- check and see if you have a hitch/ball installed and don’t drop the tailgate past the 90 degree angle?

    I was assured by Tesla that my Model X falcon doors would stop if they sensed something close by, but sometimes they just don’t. I’ve adopted the “trust but verify” mentality with her now. The same should go for the Rivian.
     
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    ahh, PoorPilot - I like the color of your Model X in your avatar. I've been looking at a couple Tesla's in that color :). Sorry for the unrelated post to this thread.
     
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    Thanks! I think the blue with grey rims is a great combination. A great vehicle and if I didn’t think the Cybertruck was so ugly, I’d buy another Tesla in a heartbeat. Fortunately the green and blue R1S and R1T are growing on me so I’ll await my delivery dates.
     
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    PoorPilot - I'd love a R1T in the same blue as your Model X! I'm luke warm/cold on the current Rivian blue. Maybe that will change before a decision needs to be made about following through with the actual configuration order.
     
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