Let’s Talk History Of Electric Pickup Truck Innovator Rivian: Video

FEB 18 2019 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

Then and now. From an idea to reveal of a pickup truck and an SUV.

With Rivian’s recent influx of $700 million in backing led by Amazon, the electric pickup truck (and SUV) maker is grabbing headlines everywhere.

In reality, the headlines started showing up back when Rivian debuted its R1T and R1S at the LA Auto Show. However, with Amazon now showing faith in Rivian, the automaker has really made it to primetime.

We at InsideEVs have been covering Rivian for a long time (several years in fact). We even compiled a then and now post of our own (In-Depth Look At Rivian’s History, Funding & Present), but it’s still interesting to hear input from others.

And our friend Tinkering Thomas on YouTube does a swell job with these types of videos. For example, did you know that R1T stands for Rivian’s 1st truck and R1S for Rivian’s 1st SUV.  Now you know.

Video description:

The Entire History of Rivian Automotive!

This company is ‘shocking’ everyone with its ability to innovate and ‘draining’ its competition of attention because of what Rivian Automotive promises to deliver in the very near future!

Can’t wait to see rubber meet road with these vehicles in late 2020. We truly do live in an amazing time…

Source: Tinkering Thomas on YouTube

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6 Comments on "Let’s Talk History Of Electric Pickup Truck Innovator Rivian: Video"

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Wonder if they can make storage go both ways, and provide home back-up? Maybe adjust the warranty for it?

Nissan has tried that with the LEAF. The big problem is that more cycles (various levels of up/down) use up the ‘life’ of the battery. From the following article on batteries “similar” to what Tesla is using.
“500 cycles? But that’s (relatively) low! Yes. But what is not shown on the spec sheet is that when you partially charge and discharge, degradation of the battery capacity is reduced. Thus, you can do over
40,000 charge/discharge cycles when going from 30% to 70% only. Or over
35,000 charge/discharge cycles from 20% to 80%;
28,000 cycles from 10% to 90%;
15,000 cycles from 8% to 92%,
07,500 cylces from 6% to 94%, and the capacity reduction goes faster and faster, finally reaching
00,500 cycles when recharging from 0% to 100%.”
http://blog.evandmore.com/lets-talk-about-the-panasonic-ncr18650b/

Not sure if his math is correct or if shelf life comes into play here for if you divide 40,000/365 days he is declaring 109 years of battery life. I don’t think that is the case. According to the American Chemical Society, a well managed thermally controlled battery can last 20 years. That’s still pretty impressive for the first and second generation EV batteries compared to 100 years of ICE development.

As to pjwood1’s point, V2H might only need to cycle 30% to 70% 50x per year to be a viable solution. I power my home from a solar array without net metering. The ideal scenario for me would be a Powerwall 2 for a daily discharge of about 10 kWh and 30% to 70% discharge 50x per year from my Model 3. I drive around 10,000 miles per year.

What you are saying may well not be entirely correct.
The “Fully Charged” episode where this is discussed might enlighten you
www patreon com/posts/engie-vehicle-to-24354052
Some car batteries actually benefit from slow discharging rather than the erratic on/of and high/low discharges when being used to drive the car.

Wake me up when they start delivering product.

Indeed Rivian is complete making the headlines this year and Bollinger isn’t mentioned any more.