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Old 02-12-2019, 07:49 AM
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I was going to make a post similar SOSC's, but will now just add that I work for a supplier that sells into Rivian and the supplier network considers Rivian to be serious and well-funded. I've been working with them for about three years and have seen none of the warning signals that we've seen from companies such as Faraday and Future.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by baypro21 View Post
My son just took his crew to our beach house. He rode with one of his buddies with a Tesla. They questioned me about our outside outlet. I told them it is gfi protected and it likes to trip for no apparent reason so it would be best to bring a decent quality ext cord and plug into an inside outlet. For this 150 mile (one way) trip they elected to stop at a brewery and fast charge. I'm not sure if they stopped on the way back as well. He doesn't have the top model (2nd one down) and I don't know the range but he didn't trust it for 300 miles round trip.

I love the concept of electric and as soon as they get the range to 400-500 miles with a small gas/diesel onboard charger that fully recharges it in 10 minutes I'll be interested.

I bet AOC will come up with an idea to lower a wheel to turn a generator so it can recharge simultaneously. I'm pretty sure she believes in perpetual motion type stuff.
Oh, and here I am thinking it was perpetual moron.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:39 AM
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Being that their sales are dealer direct who did they say would service the vehicle if it has a problem?
Actually I didn’t even talk to a dealer - or to anyone for that matter. I read an article in the WSJ and that was the first I’d heard of the company. I immediately did some web searches and researched the back story, and 90 minutes later I’d put a deposit online. I’m hoping for the SUV version as opposed to the truck but I’ll look closely at the truck if that is made available much earlier than the SUV.
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Originally Posted by jkujawa View Post


Actually I didn’t even talk to a dealer - or to anyone for that matter. I read an article in the WSJ and that was the first I’d heard of the company. I immediately did some web searches and researched the back story, and 90 minutes later I’d put a deposit online. I’m hoping for the SUV version as opposed to the truck but I’ll look closely at the truck if that is made available much earlier than the SUV.
I actually meant factory direct. Was just wondering without a dealer network who repairs them. I think Tesla sells direct to the consumer and I suppose they must offer authorized service centers. I would be concerned about the number of shops that want to spend the time to get certified with so few on the road and if there is a problem finding someone to repair them.

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Old 02-12-2019, 11:03 AM
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Nikola is already gearing up for production here in AZ. These are the BIG BOYS with an 800-1200 mile range. Luxury living as well!

Nikola Motor Company Will Build Hydrogen-Electric Trucks in Arizona | Fortune
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:05 AM
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Just read the terms of the pre-order agreement:

"1. No Obligations.
Each Pre-Order you submit for a Vehicle acts as a deposit for a future purchase of the Vehicle. You are under no obligation to purchase a Vehicle from us, and we are under no obligation to supply you with a Vehicle.

These Terms do not constitute an agreement for the sale of a Vehicle and do not lock in pricing, a firm production slot, a firm delivery date, or specific Vehicle configuration. To complete the purchase or lease of a Vehicle, you will need to execute Rivian’s standard Agreement to Purchase [or Lease] (“Final Sales Agreement”) which will include additional terms and conditions, including the final price sheet for the Vehicle. Additional payment for the Vehicle, including taxes and other governmental fees, will be required at that time.

We may decline Pre-Orders to avoid over-subscription or as we deem appropriate in our sole discretion. If your Pre-Order is declined, you will be notified and your Pre-Order payment will be refunded."

Why would anyone give a deposit under these terms? Just to say you are first at something? A lot of well funded EV startups have already closed up shop. Not being able to deliver a car which is the product best suited to the market .To think they are going to do it with a truck is going to prove to be a fatal mistake imho.

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Old 02-12-2019, 11:34 AM
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You could always drop a 50KW diesel genset in the bed for extended range and charging when there are no outlets around!!

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Old 02-12-2019, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
Nikola is already gearing up for production here in AZ. These are the BIG BOYS with an 800-1200 mile range. Luxury living as well!

Nikola Motor Company Will Build Hydrogen-Electric Trucks in Arizona | Fortune
Seems you have to subscribe to read anything? Fark that!!!
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:01 PM
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GM and Amazon might be pouring a few $$ into the company. That could help them get off the ground....

GM, Amazon eye electric-truck maker Rivian
Henry Payne / Daniel Howes, The Detroit News Published 8:06 p.m. ET Feb. 12, 2019 Updated 10:26 p.m. ET Feb. 12, 2019


The hottest thing at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year was an electric-truck maker not named Tesla. That may be why General Motors Co. and Amazon.com Inc. are reportedly in talks to take minority stakes in Rivian Automotive LLC.

The Plymouth-based company shocked the industry in Los Angeles with a mature prototype of its R1T pickup that is targeted to hit the market in 2021. Tesla, which has said it is developing an electric pickup, has not showed a prototype.

A potential deal with GM would make a lot of sense, given GM's ambitions in the electric vehicle and autonomous space where it has promised "to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion."

Details have yet to be finalized, and people familiar with the situation cautioned that no deal is certain. Reuters reported that investments by the two companies would value Rivian at between $1 billion and $2 billion.

Amazon declined comment. Rivian and GM issued statements praising one another without denying the reports: “We admire Rivian’s contribution to a future of zero emissions and an all-electric future," GM said in a statement. And a Rivian spokesperson said: "We respect GM's vision of the future of mobility but have no immediate comment on this story."

The stylish 400-mile-range pickup shown in Los Angeles looked unlike anything else in the market. Rivian promised a roomy battery-in-the-floor, "skateboard" architecture aimed at upscale, outdoorsy customers who buy Range Rovers. Its base $69,000 model boasts clever "frunk" storage behind the grille and a Tesla-like 105-kWh battery. An upscale, $100,000-plus model would increase that to 180 kWh and a range of 400 miles.

But it wasn't just the specs that impressed investors. It was Rivian's mature business model.

Rivian founder and CEO R.J. Scaringe, a 36-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate, had assembled a team of 700 employees to work on the Rivian pickup and its sister SUV, the seven-seat R1S. Half of the employees — including industry luminaries like ex-McLaren director of engineering Mark Vinnels and ex-Jeep design chief Jeff Hammoud — were located right under the Detroit Three's noses in Plymouth.

With $450 million raised from a Saudi Arabia-based investment group, Japan’s Su*mitomo and London’s Standard Chartered Bank, he had purchased Mitsubishi's ex-manufacturing plant in Normal, Ill., with plans to pump out 20,000 units in 2021.
...... There's more at the link below

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Old 02-13-2019, 04:09 PM
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I'm thinking an investment/gamble of 1K today might yield you a nice nest egg a few years down the line.
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:33 PM
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https://electrek.co/2019/02/15/rivia...nvestment/amp/

After rumors earlier this week that GM and Amazon were interested in Rivian, an electric pickup and SUV maker, the company has now confirmed that they are closing a $700 million round of funding led by Amazon.
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