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This coming LA auto show we will be introduced to the world's first electric adventure vehicles. November 30th to December 9th at the LA Auto Show you will be able to see their Pickup Truck and SUV.  

The company's tagline is to explore the planet and charge deeper into the world farther and deeper than ever before by building electric vehicles that allow you to explore be it a big or small adventure.

RIVIAN electric adventure vehicles will reimagine the truck and SUV with offering the following:

  • Up to a 400+ mile range per charge
  • Sub 3 seconds zero to 60
  • Superior capability on and off road

RIVIAN has engineered their skateboard platform to handle the city or the summit, rain or shine by leveraging the laws of physics. To quote their website, expect superior handling on anything you might call a road with their Dynamic Roll Control. Superior Air Suspension to assist with getting over, around under, etcl the obstacles in the road. Final part of this is the smooth, quiet, impeccable manners, on road and off of the pure electric propulsion system.

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RIVIAN secured funding and took over the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois where full production of their truck and SUV will begin in 2019 and rolling off the assembly line for sale by 2020.

You can watch Bloomberg interview with the CEO and founder of RIVIAN here: RIVIAN CEO-Founder Interview

R.J. Scaringe, founder and ceo is focused on the auto industry and Tesla by offering a product that is not offered by any other company. The interview brings up how EV companies have come and go and asks why they think they will survive and succeed where others have not. Very good interview. I like him much better than Musk.

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Rivian R1T

RIVIAN SUV image from the video

Rivian R1T

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Rivian is also looking at additional ways to use their technology outside the auto industry and has stated they will have some exciting announcements in the near future of where you can find RIVIAN products. Based on watching the videos and going over their news section off their website, I would not be surprised to see home battery backup systems tied to solar or wind as well as the CEO says use in consumer electronics.

The four arrows in their directional logo symbolize the values and behaviors that inform every decision they make. The two outer arrows express their mission to make the world a better place through innovation and adventure. The two inner arrows represent their core desire to be inspiring and inviting to all.

Quote: This is more than a logo - it's our promise to always point you in the right direction.

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Seems that Rivian has it's first customer. Pininfarina is being reported by Autocar India as having purchased the rights and will use the Rivian Skareboard chassis to build their PF1 Luxury Performance SUV.

Pinifarina is building a PF0 hypercar using tech from Croatian EV maker Rimac. Now they will build their PF1 SUV based on the Rivian Skateboard with external and internal style by Pininfarina. Expected to launch in 2021, the PF1 will have 1,088 HP and is to compete against the Lamborghini Urus which arrives in 2020 with 650 HP.

Pininfarina PF1 will weight about 600 pounds more, but also have 538 more HP over the Urus.

https://www.autoblog.com/2018/12/10/pininfarina-pf1-suv-rivian-ev-platform/

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

Don't they need those platforms to, you know, build their own vehicle??

RJ made it very clear at the LA auto show that besides building their own auto's they would also be selling the rights to use the platform for auto development by others. This would save other companies the time to build a basic Skateboard and they can focus on just being a Coach builder. 

Reminds me of the early 1900's with all the various coach builders. 

Interesting Times we live in.

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Amplifies my point about electrics sapping the soul of "auto's" (sic) by homogenization.  It's like NASCAR where the only thing different is the stickers on the body.  Although Pininfarina has always been a coachbuilder AFAIK and has lost a good bit of relevance over the years.

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GM is always ahead of its time.. They introduced a skateboard chassis back in 2002 and people said it was an unrealistic future.. THE FUTURE IS LITERALLY NOW. BTW.. I remember reading an article on why the Volt is really dying.. it exclaims that the majority, by a huge margin, of owners of the Volt.. were constantly complaining that they were not using the gas in their vehicles at all.. some filled up when they got the car and two years had passed.. and the same gas was residing in the tank. And that is a car with a 40-53 mile range. The Bolt customer surveys showed that they were some of the happiest in the automotive purchasing world. Tesla, and now Rivian prove that the people want EVs. GM wold be a fool to not go in on this. I am also wondering, if the low maintenance costs of the Bolt was also a huge factor in them making the decision to start electrifying. Regular scheduled maintenance on this car is at 150K miles. Which suggests that dealer service reimbursements on warranty work is very LOW. Billions per year saved if that is in more vehicle. Again.. make me a Cadillac , with Cadillac style, on a chassis with 400 mile range and the performance of every damn "Hot EV" available.. and I'm good to go. I can fiddle around for the next 40 years on the plethora of used pre-EV cars available. I'm 3 years in come Feb '19 on my Vseries.. 650HP is great enough that I saw zero reason to mess with it. That and the fact that a non-warrantied grenaded engine is about $19K... Same for the Z06. Any Tunes I'd do at this point would be plugged in thru the OBDII port anyway

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GM seems to have a history of coming out with advanced technology, with refining products, and then cancelling them before their time to shine in the market.   Plagued by short-term thinking? 

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40 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

GM seems to have a history of coming out with advanced technology, with refining products, and then cancelling them before their time to shine in the market.   Plagued by short-term thinking? 

So much truth to this. Night vision is a GM thing.. They abandoned it due to lack of interest.. Then the Germans started using it.. possibly having to license it from GM if I remember correctly.. and now GM is back into it. Remember auto dimming High Beams?? GM.. back in the 50s. Always wondered why in my 80s and 90s cars they were not avail.. GM killed them.. then brought them back. Automatic Transmission, Onstar, Air Bags, Electric Starter, Catalytic Converter, Heads Up Display, Turning Headlights... the list is forever. THEY SUCK AT MARKETING THO.. and in those cases I bet that it was lawyers that told them not to trumpet their involvement in it in case any of those inventions went busto.

I think that GM is the first to create and use the REARVIEW CAMERA feature (pictured below from my CT6 review).. bet good money it becomes a trend. Although with Mary as CEO it will probably stay.. as she is an engineer by origin.

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Oh.. and the VOLT. First range extended vehicle for an EV. 

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Auto headlight dimming has never not been avail since it debuted in '52, but it was primarily a Cadillac feature, so it may have seemed otherwise.

GM used to market the new tech pointedly, they would run full page print ads for power steering  or Autronic Eye, etc. '90s and newer tho, I don't really see ANY brand marketing a singular feature like GM used to.

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15 minutes ago, balthazar said:

Auto headlight dimming has never not been avail since it debuted in '52, but it was primarily a Cadillac feature, so it may have seemed otherwise.

GM used to market the new tech pointedly, they would run full page print ads for power steering  or Autronic Eye, etc. '90s and newer tho, I don't really see ANY brand marketing a singular feature like GM used to.

Eh, even then, by the 90s if it was on a Cadillac it was on one model only.  I seem to remember a big stink being made about the final STS that it brought back the autotronic eye. 

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Didn't Buick have a slick wiper or defrosting windshield approach around 2000 that hasn't been seen in years? 

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12 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Didn't Buick have a slick wiper or defrosting windshield approach around 2000 that hasn't been seen in years? 

I thought that was the heated windshield fluid and wiper system.

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13 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Didn't Buick have a slick wiper or defrosting windshield approach around 2000 that hasn't been seen in years? 

That was heated washer fluid. It was in the DTS and Lucern as an option. It was faulty and got recalled to be deactivated.

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LOL the 2019 Toyota RAV4 has a camera mirror.  GM innovates but then they actually do research and find out that there is no point.

Electrics are not an advance.  They are an inferior alternative.

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4 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

LOL the 2019 Toyota RAV4 has a camera mirror.  GM innovates but then they actually do research and find out that there is no point.

Electrics are not an advance.  They are an inferior alternative.

GM, for it's GM Rear Camera Mirror,  were awarded 10 patents – one for the streaming video mirror and nine for video processing. The patents cover innovations in the wide field of view camera image calibration, de-warping, glare reduction and camera hardware design.

If Toyota has it in the Rav4.. they are paying for the tech from GM

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And JEeEZ.. I can't believe that anyone would become a GM hater because it decided to delve deeper into EV tech. U act as if they have stopped selling ICE vehicles already. Hell.. I'm ready to buy a CT6-V when it comes out and not as livid as U are

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27 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

😂😂😂😂 @ocnblu for the down vote

If an effort were made to learn about electrics rather than act like a young girl with sand in her swimsuit I would feel more sympathy.

As it is...yes...GM is a huge innovator who can't market anything. 

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22 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

If an effort were made to learn about electrics rather than act like a young girl with sand in her swimsuit I would feel more sympathy.

As it is...yes...GM is a huge innovator who can't market anything. 

You think I don't know about them? 

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No it's stupid things.  Not new things.  Electric cars are not new.  You must be new.

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14 hours ago, ocnblu said:

LOL the 2019 Toyota RAV4 has a camera mirror.  GM innovates but then they actually do research and find out that there is no point.

 

GM routinely licenses out its technology.  They had camera mirrors, though not full-time real-time streaming, as far back as 2010. That is how the 2nd gen Equinox got a rearview camera if one didn't select NAV. The image popped up in the mirror. 

13 hours ago, ocnblu said:

You think I don't know about them? 

No it's stupid things.  Not new things.  Electric cars are not new.  You must be new.

Cars are not new... you must still drive a Curved Dash because if electric cars haven't changed in 100 years, neither have gasoline powered cars.

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9 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

you must still drive a Curved Dash

No it's a TINY BOXY FIAT

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Have to say that RJ has a great approval rating for CEO of a company and the company ranks very high for job satisfaction.

https://www.glassdoor.com/Overview/Working-at-Rivian-EI_IE630579.11,17.htm

GM would do well to buy them out, use the platform for the new generation of full size Pickups and SUV.

Rate better than Tesla and surprised that Tesla is on par for employee and customer satisfaction with GM. 

Makes ya wanna go Hmmmmmmmm! 🤔

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The price of all SIlverados would immediately double, which would probably cut sales by 2/3rds minimum, if not significantly more.
There's really no 'Hmmmmmm' here.

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5 minutes ago, balthazar said:

The price of all SIlverados would immediately double, which would probably cut sales by 2/3rds minimum, if not significantly more.
There's really no 'Hmmmmmm' here.

Sure there is, you keep producing what you have that is selling and add EV's for those of us willing to pay for it. I think they would sell plenty. Two identical looking trucks where you still have the grill on it but just no open slots for air flow and make that a huge frunk would rock! :metal:

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