We'd be lying if we didn't say we're a bit jealous.
Our good friend Sean Mitchell just published one of the coolest interviews we've ever seen. He's in Aspen, Colorado, in a gondola with Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe. It's about a 20-minute ride, and these two have no problem filling it up with interesting dialogue. We had hoped to interview RJ soon at the Plymouth office near Detroit. However, it appears we'll have to up the ante to keep up with Sean. Perhaps we should take him kayaking, scuba diving, or skydiving?
At any rate, we absolutely love when a CEO is so candid. It has been very clear to us all along that Scaringe is extremely intelligent, very approachable, and highly professional, yet still fun and charismatic. Since Rivian spent years hiding its work and plans, it seems now there's really nothing to hold back. Scaringe answers questions freely and doesn't avoid the details about the company and its upcoming vehicles: the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck and the R1S electric SUV.
So, grab some hot chocolate, kick back, relax, and pretend you're in Aspen with RJ. If you don't have time to watch the entire video right now, check out the video description below. Sean has broken down the times related to specific topics. Once you're finished watching, leave us some thoughts in the comment section below.
Video Description via Sean Mitchell (AllThingsEV.info) on YouTube:
Aspen gondola chat with Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe
About Rivian: 00:25 Where did the philosophy of avoiding hype come from: 1:17 How do you respond to people who are gun-shy of a new EV company: 2:42 What are your the R1T and R1S high level specs: 4:03 What are your three battery size variants: 5:26 How do you intend on tackling range anxiety: 6:27 Have you addressed EV towing concerns: 7:27 How have you approached autonomy: 8:34 How is your HVAC design different from other cars: 9:55 What makes your battery tech unique: 10:55 How will Rivian represent battery degradation to the user: 12:41 What type of testing did you do on your skid plate: 13:55 How can a new EV company like succeed in the extremely capital intensive auto industry: 15:13