Rivan - Tank Turn

Regcabguy

Expedition Leader
There are plenty of times I where I wish I'd had this feature.

Electric is going to add tons of new options.
Great for urban use but even with the range, finding a charging port in a big city when traveling would be stressful along with slow charging time.
 
My issue isn't the electric vehicle itself but getting it charged in the middle of nowhere when there is no charging station, it then becomes a 5000 pound paperweight.
I friend bought a Tesla recently and he popped up on a screen of a theoretical trip route and it showed all the eStations along the way - I was very surprised to see how many there were and apparently they are becoming very common. I have also seen them now in very small towns in the "middle of nowhere"... like Tonopah, Nevada - which is actually in the middle of nowhere! The good thing is, they keep adding eStations.
 

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Project Ecarus

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My issue isn't the electric vehicle itself but getting it charged in the middle of nowhere when there is no charging station, it then becomes a 5000 pound paperweight.
Couldnt agree more, it wont be that easy to find an EV fast charger or a normal wall plug where we all like to venture overland/offroad, nor will a small solar panel do. We are hoping to finish our first energy-autonomous 6x6 vehicle build by July/August to try and beat that challenge - with a lughtweight stowaway 14 kW solar plant that can recharge ca. 350km/10 hours offroad in a day day. Screenshot_20200516-200126.jpgwww.projectecarus.com/vehicle for details if anyone is interested. Wish us luck!
 

Lovetheworld

Active member
I have done two large roadtrips through Asia, and that was with 4x4s that have less range on diesel than the top model of Rivian. And it allowed me to get to enough places. Whenever you find a gas station there is also usually electricity, although that will be slow.
 

Shovel

Explorer
heaven knows how rare a 110V outlet is these days way more rare than a gas pump which run on... oh wait.
Haven't seen one in about 3 or 4 years but I bought gas out of a dispenser powered by gravity near Odessa while driving across country. I guess you can make electricity with gravity too but you need a whole lake for that, these guys just had a tank on stilts.

The tank turn is gimmicky for sure and useful, maybe never (well apparently except parking in FL). My guess is Rivian just wanted some publicity. Tesla gets, 90%?, and Rivian wants some.

Maybe once they start delivering vehicles they will get a little more attention.
Yep, what we've learned in the last 100+ years... and in particular the last 10 years is that the "market" as defined by eyeballs and dollar bills... does not give a single mouse dropping about substance. It's all about the show. The actual product you deliver can be awful, or non existent... as long as you put on enough of a show the dollars don't care and anybody who takes the time to point out your very real flaws will be ignored and branded a hater.

This chapter is super boring I kind of want to skip ahead.
 
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