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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.

RIVIAN Truck Teaser

Rivian R1T

RIVIAN SUV image from the video

Rivian R1T

RIVIAN battery packs

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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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      Los Angeles, CA, November 27, 2018 – Rivian, an electric vehicle manufacturer, unveiled its highly anticipated Electric Adventure Vehicles™ — the R1T, an all-electric pickup and the R1S, an all-electric SUV — at events surrounding the LA Auto Show this week.
      The R1T™, a 5-passenger pickup truck, debuted at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Nov. 26, and the R1S™, a 7-passenger SUV, was revealed at the automaker’s press conference at Automobility on Nov. 27. With up to 400+ miles in electric range, a wading depth of 1 meter, lockable storage bins that can fit the bulkiest of gear, and the performance and precise control of quad-motor AWD, Rivian vehicles have been developed to help customers get out and explore the world. Both vehicles will be produced at Rivian’s manufacturing facility in Normal IL.
      “We’re launching Rivian with two vehicles that reimagine the pickup and SUV segments,” said Rivian Founder and CEO RJ Scaringe. “I started Rivian to deliver products that the world didn’t already have – to redefine expectations through the application of technology and innovation. Starting with a clean sheet, we have spent years developing the technology to deliver the ideal vehicle for active customers. This means having great driving dynamics on any surface on- or off-road, providing cargo solutions to easily store any type of gear, whether it’s a surf board or a fishing rod and, very importantly, being capable of driving long distances on a single charge. From the inside out, Rivian has developed its vehicles with adventurers at the core of every design and engineering decision. The R1T and R1S are the result of all this work and we are excited to finally introduce these products to the world.”
      Skateboard Platform
      The foundation of the R1T and R1S is Rivian’s skateboard platform, which efficiently packages the battery pack, drive units, suspension, braking and thermal system all below the height of the wheel, leaving the space above for occupants and their gear.
      Beyond the packaging benefits, this architecture delivers a low center of gravity that supports the vehicle’s agility and stability. Adding to these inertial advantages is a sophisticated suspension architecture with unequal length double wishbone suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear. The suspension features dynamic roll control and adaptive dampers along with ride-height adjustable air-suspension – allowing the suspension to be adjusted for highway comfort, on-road performance or off-road capability.
      Rivian’s vehicles also feature a quad-motor system that delivers 147kW with precise torque control to each wheel, enabling active torque vectoring and maximum performance in every situation, from high-speed cornering to low-speed rock crawling. With 3,500 Nm of grounded torque per wheel (14,000 Nm of torque for the full vehicle), the R1T and R1S can both reach 60 mph in 3 seconds and 100 mph in less than 7 seconds. This powertrain and chassis also enable the R1T’s tow rating of 11,000 pounds.
      “The beauty and elegance of our quad-motor setup isn’t just about brute power; this architecture provides instantaneous torque with extremely precise control at each wheel, which is completely game-changing from a dynamics perspective, both on- and off-road,” said Executive Director of Engineering and Programs Mark Vinnels.
      Design
      Exterior
      The R1T and R1S designs communicate strength and refinement while still inviting customers to get the vehicles dirty. Strong proportions and clean, continuous bodylines help achieve a modern, inviting stance while acknowledging the performance and level of technology integrated into the vehicles.
      The main bodyline of the R1T, which wraps up and around the cab and gives the vehicle a distinctive silhouette, while highlighting the Gear Tunnel™ cutline and accentuating the rear fender flares. The R1S shares much of its appearance with the R1T but in the rear highlights a function-driven design expressing capability and utility with plenty of space for occupants and gear. Both vehicles feature short overhangs, high ground clearance and aggressive approach and departure angles for a confident and rugged stance, all enabled by Rivian’s unique skateboard platform. A Rivian will be quickly recognized, with its iconic, signature “stadium” headlights and a daytime running light that extends the entire width of the vehicle.
      Interior
      In harmony with the exterior, the interior of Rivian’s vehicles welcomes occupants into a premium environment that conveys craftsmanship yet invites rugged, daily use. Color and materials play an important role in differentiating Rivian vehicles. Sustainably sourced wood is used throughout the interior and its natural finish contributes to a warm and inviting feel. The most striking use of wood is as a structural element that integrates the main center display and driver cluster, integrating form and function beautifully. In the high-wear areas of the interior, the materials take inspiration from sportswear and active gear, combining durable and innovative materials that can easily be cleaned.
      “Although the exterior of the vehicle is what first attracts you, the interior is where you spend the most of your time, so we really focused on creating a transformational space inside our vehicles,” said VP of Vehicle Design Jeff Hammoud. “The biggest challenge was creating an interior design that delivered a premium experience, while still being comfortable as a space that is heavily used. To do this, we looked outside the automotive industry and took inspiration from contemporary furniture, as well as hiking and outdoor gear, to drive the design.”
      Utility
      The R1S and R1T leverage the vehicle architecture to deliver more lockable storage than any other vehicle in their respective segments. The 330-liter front trunk on the R1T and R1S is easily accessed for daily use with the hood fully powered for opening and closing.
      The R1T’s lockable Gear Tunnel aft of the cab extends across the vehicle and provides more than 350 liters of space for hauling oversized gear, such as snowboards, golf bags or strollers. The Gear Tunnel doors also act as steps for loading items into the bed or onto the roof, as well as a seat for such as lacing up hiking boots. The R1T has a watertight, integrated tonneau cover for the bed and beneath the bed floor is a 200-liter sealed bin that can also be used to store a full-size spare tire. The bed features three 110-volt outlets and integrated compressed air.
      As part of a Gear GuardTM feature, the bed also has two integrated locking cables to safely secure bicycle frames and other gear to the bed. Any gear stored in the bed is monitored by a bed camera and alerts owners should the bed or contents be tampered with.
      The rear of the R1S features a liftgate and small tailgate, with the tailgate providing an area to sit and prep for activities such as gearing up for a mountain climb to tightening skis. The second and third row seats fold flat to provide room for any gear required.
      Rivian has developed a racking system that utilizes telescoping racks with easy-to-use mounts that quickly attach to the roof of either the R1T or R1S, as well as the bed rails and bed floor of the R1T. The racks integrate with a range of accessories including tents, travel containers and bike/ski racks. When not in use, the racks can be easily stored in the front trunk.
      Battery System
      Rivian’s energy-dense battery module and pack were developed with the most demanding journeys in mind — incorporating tough underbody protection and an advanced cooling system to give occupants the confidence to go further, regardless of terrain or temperature. Adaptive control algorithms learn driver behavior, optimizing user-specific battery management for maximizing battery life, reliability and second-life reusability. Three battery sizes are planned, with the 180 kWh and 135 kWh available at launch and a 105 kWh being made available within six months.
      The battery is designed for fast charging with charging rates of up to 160kW. This enables approximately 200 miles of range to be added in 30 minutes of charging. In addition to DC fast-charging, an 11kW onboard charger facilitates rapid charging at a Level 2 charger.
      Connectivity and Digital Experience
      Rivian has developed its connected car platform from a clean sheet to allow full control and flexibility over the vehicle hardware, software and user experience. The system operates on a high-speed Ethernet backbone that enables robust security. This platform supports granular over-the-air updates of vehicle software to enhance functionality and improve performance. All Rivian vehicles connect to a cloud-ecosystem for data exchange and processing, enabling machine learning and data services. The digital experience extends beyond the vehicle into the cloud ecosystem and mobile/web applications and provides a consistent and seamless interface for vehicle status and control. The in-vehicle experience consists of a custom 15.6-inch center touch screen, 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 6.8-inch rear touch screen. Understanding its customers desire for connected adventure, Rivian developed maps, music, navigation and other adventure-focused features to complete the digital experience. The digital user interface strongly reflects adventure, outdoors and exploration – the experience is immersive and natural whether it’s being used in a connected urban setting or well off the beaten path.
      Self-Driving
      The R1T and R1S will launch with a robust hardware suite with multiple modalities including camera, lidar, radar, ultrasonic and a high precision GPS coupled with high definition maps. This hardware enables “Level 3” (hands-off wheel and eyes off road) autonomy for highway operation. Beyond the highway Level 3, the vehicle will have a range of self-driving features focused on enabling active lifestyles.
      Safety
      Rivian’s safety systems and body-structure design will deliver IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and NHTSA 5-Star ratings. Safety features include 8 airbags for occupant protection and reinforcements of the skateboard platform to protect the battery. The R1T and R1S will also be offered with a full complement of active safety systems enabled by Rivian’s suite of self-driving sensors.
      Vehicle Specifications

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