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Business Insider gives a very interesting look into that makes Rivian differentiate from Tesla in the EV market.

Some of the key highlights include:
- Taking advantage of the growing truck market with the R1S and R1T rather than going with a performance car like Tesla.
- Rivian deciding to embrace Detroit by receiving investment from Ford and modeling themselves like a traditional car company.
- Not over hyping themselves and taking the time to develop their vehicles (I completely forgot that Rivian has been around since 2009)

It's going to be exciting to see the two companies coexist when Rivians finally start rolling off the assembly line.
 

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What will be really exciting will be seeing a R1T parked in my driveway. A close second will be getting to test drive one.

It would be nice have access to the Tesla super charger network like Elon announced recently. That’s coexistence that would make many of us happy.
 

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What will be really exciting will be seeing a R1T parked in my driveway. A close second will be getting to test drive one.

It would be nice have access to the Tesla super charger network like Elon announced recently. That’s coexistence that would make many of us happy.
So Tesla is going to be selling an adaptor for non Tesla owners to use?
 

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Tesla may or may not actually sell it, but they hold the patent on design. So they could choose to license the patent to others to manufacture the adapter, but that adds to the cost. That’s what Apple does, and why lightening connector accessories, even from other manufacturers, are more expensive than USB based equivalents.
 

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Tesla open-sourced their charging plugs back in 2014, so anyone can actually use the format. However, the software connections in the super-chargers themselves to this point has be proprietary. I look forward to that being opened up, or at least licensed by someone like Rivian to share, that is a really big charging infrastructure to tap into. Keep in mind that most of the Tesla destination chargers/wall chargers can already be used by other EVs since the electronics in them can be told to not limit to Tesla only, but you need an adapter for it right now.
 
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