Rivian Is Benchmarking So Many Other Cars Than Teslas

Oh, and the CEO doesn’t have a car right now.

Rivian‘s rollout is steadily gathering steam ahead of the planned launch of its electric pickup truck and SUV beginning next year. While the concepts first shown in November at AutoMobility LA, they’ve been making the rounds this year, including a stop in New York and a booth at the auto show.

Founder and CEO RJ Scaringe spilled some insights Car Magazine this week, including the vehicles the company is benchmarking:

I don’t have a car right now. I had a BMW i3 until recently, which I liked very much. But because I’m constantly travelling, I dip in and out of our benchmark vehicles. We’ve got a Discovery, a Cayenne Turbo S, a Ford Raptor and Model X on fleet.

What Mark Vinnels did at McLaren was remarkable. The 12C had great ride comfort compared with its competitor set. We believe a truly great off-road vehicle can be truly refined on-road too.

The Model X is an obvious one, considering that’s also where the heart of the large EV market is right now – the Audi E-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC all vying for similar Model X customers. But the McLaren

The Car piece is part of a larger, sweeping profile that covers Rivian’s latest news, which we’ve also covered here. But there’s an underlying theme that Rivian doesn’t see itself as the Tesla of pickups or some similar rhetoric. Yes, there’s a direct sales model, but there are also plans for a Volvo-like subscription model and leasing, Scaringe said. But they’ve also set up a post adjacent to the domestic automakers – who practically have a lock on the large pickup and SUV markets here.

All of these little pieces point to one thing: Rivian isn’t messing around.

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Instead of picking options and waiting a few weeks for delivery of a custom-configured Tesla, buyers can now browse Tesla’s inventory of new Model 3s online and find cars available for immediate delivery (within a few days).

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Aggressive Evans Overtake In Formula E Race Was Good Racing

DS Techeetah driver Andre Lotterer says Mitch Evans pass to win ABB FIA Formula E’s Rome E-Prix was “good racing”.

Lotterer led from pole for the first half of the race before Evans’s slight energy advantage and greater pace allowed him to cut around the outside of the Techeetah machine at Turn 10 and take the inside line at the Turn 11/12 chicane.

Evans squeezed by, making slight contact with his rival, and Lotterer had to lift off to avoid hitting the wall.

The move was one of the first incidents for the FIA to evaluate since outlining a revised approach to excessive contact in FE during the 2018/19 season.

Both drivers received a warning for the incident, but Lotterer says Evans’s move was fair.

Lotterer said: “I think it [the overtake] was in that moment where I started to struggle with the tyres and couldn’t get right on the power and he [Evans] was nailing that a bit better.

“He put me in a difficult position and did the job in crossing me over [at Turn 10].

“I tried to hold onto it but obviously, he had the nose in it and at that corner, I was trying not to hit the wall. He left me space so I think it was good racing.”

Lotterer also explained why he believed he was vulnerable to Evans in the race.

“I’m not sure I was on the right setting at the beginning because I think that’s why he had a little more energy,” said Lotterer.

“In the race, we started to struggle with the tyres, we need to check what happened, it felt like the pressures were high and we need to check the data.

“The car was great all day. It was the only thing to put me into difficulties.

“I couldn’t keep him behind me with attack mode and I didn’t have enough to keep him behind me.

“I couldn’t get the right grip to get the right exit and was swimming around a bit. He had that edge a little bit.”

Race winner Evans described his overtake as being close to the limit.

“Once the energy information became visible, I thought it was surprising [to have an advantage] and I needed to use it to get close and attack,” he said.

“Obviously, it was on the edge but it could be done.”

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