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Discussion in 'R1T Pickup Discussions' started by RockDaphne98296, Feb 27, 2019.
A friend showed me this article -
Pretty smart if you ask me :-D Thoughts?
Yea it was mentioned in the Cool Rivian Facts thread recently too.
I thought it was a pretty genius idea too. I'm thinking it's gotta bother Ford knowing that their trucks are giving marketing exposure to a future competitor (since they've announced an electric F-150 is coming).
Here's what these Rivian prototypes look like
Further insult to injury - since the spied EV F150's that everyone thought was Ford's turns out to be Rivian's, it could mean Ford's not as far along with their EV pickup development as previously thought. If Rivian can bring the R1T to market before Ford comes with its electric F-150 and Tesla with their pickup, it's going to have the market to itself initially.
Couldn't they just have used the R1T or R1S body for more accurate testing? They don't seem to be shy about showing them off.
Actually, this was just spied this month - an electric F150 prototype covered in camouflage wrap while charging on Ford private property. So Ford does already have their prototypes out testing. Dunno if that means it'll come sooner than the R1T or not though...
Interesting - I saw this pic when I first saw the article above, I would have to trace it down but I could have sworn they said it was another picture of the Rivian - but if it is on FORD property and is a FORD prototype, that lends some drama ;-D Let the race begin!
This is all fascinating. Remember that in the early days of the automobile, luxury carmakers sold just the engine, drivetrain, and chassis. Owners then had their chosen chassis sent to a coach builder to have a custom body built on top of the chassis. For example, Duesenbergs were built this way. One of the coach builders who put bodies on Duesenbergs was LeBaron, a name which you might remember from a Chrysler model decades later. If you've ever noticed the coach in the "Body by Fisher" logo on GM cars, it's a reference to the fact that Fisher was a coach builder who built custom bodies for some early luxury brands that GM later absorbed . . . and then GM bought Fisher itself.
Ford has reportedly been talking to Tesla about putting Ford bodies on Tesla platforms. Speculation is that GM is thinking along the same lines with Rivian. Lucid Air claims to be building skateboards that can accommodate many different bodies. So, in some ways, we've come full circle.
In a similar vein, before World War I, there were 29,000 electric vehicles in New York City and charging stations along many thoroughfares. As the philosopher says, "there's nothing new under the sun".
Just an observation from the pictures, the charging port of camo Ford is on the front bumper. The speculated Rivian(/ford) charging port is on Fender above the wheel-well.
So both companies are running into market together..