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With Ford investing so much money into Rivian, do you think there's a possibility that Rivian could use Ford's dealer network for dealing with customers?

Like for example, if you order a Rivian could you pick it up from a Ford dealer if you can't have it delivered to your house?
 

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I think it's definitely a reasonable assumption. Furthermore, I could see there being "Rivian Certified" Ford dealerships that would provide Maintenance and Repair services. Ford and Lincoln already plan to use the Rivian Skateboard to develop their own vehicles. It only makes sense for Rivian to capitalize off the Ford dealership infrastructure and service expertise.
I hope so too, it makes too much sense for Rivian not to try and do it. If not, I think their partnership with Cox will address that.

It was mentioned in another thread about what Cox's role will be with Rivian. (Rivian gets $350 million investment from Cox Enterprises)

But it’s the Cox partnership that could prove the most troubling for Musk. While Tesla has more than 100 service centers in 30 states, Cox handled more than 55 million service appointments in 2019 at its sprawling network of commercial and dealer partner service centers across the United States. If something goes wrong with an R1T or R1S, the idea, presumably, is that a customer will be able to take the vehicle to a Cox service center like Pivet to have it repaired correctly and in a timely fashion, something that Tesla has struggled with since its inception.
 

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I might be the only one, but I've never heard of Cox Enterprises before. Why is there investment in Rivian noteworthy? BTW, as a current Volt owner everyone should be mindful that making sure the people authorized to work on electric vehicles actually have properly skilled and trained technicians to do so. Theres a lot of mechanics out there who have limited experience with electric drivetrains and/or don't care to know b/c they prefer internal combustion engines.
Cox Automotive is basically the parent company for brands like Manheim, AutoTrader, Kelley Blue Book and DealerTrack. I wasn't familiar with them at first either lol.

Side note, how long have you owned your Volt for? Any issues with servicing?
 

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It looks like they are working on plans for customer experience centers. A former colleague of mine is the Director of Construction for Rivian, and posted the following article describing a potential Laguna Beach, CA center.

Here is a link to the article:

Laguna Beach's historic movie theater undergoes concept review for revival
It's still in planning for approval, but hoping it goes through!

He has been with them for just over a year. I haven't been in contact with him for quite a while, but seems as though things are pretty active from a construction stand point.
Looks like Rivian got approval to renovate the theater @Rise1Set!


Despite objections by The Laguna Beach Historic Preservation Coalition, the Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved plans to renovate the 1920s-era movie theater on South Coast Highway, in the heart of downtown.

The theater has been shuttered since 2015.

Rivian, an Irvine based electrical vehicle manufacturer, was given the go-ahead to transform the theater, which host films and stage performances for the public as well as serving as a meeting space.

The two-story building across the street from Main Beach will also house a retail and food and beverage space.

Rivian plans for an opening in late 2021.

“I’m really excited about the project,” Commissioner Jorg Dubin said. “I’m happy that the theater is finally going to have something going on there instead of it being empty. I’m fully in favor of the project moving forward.”

Major renovations include the removal of the existing two-screen, 653-seat cinema into a single, 127-seat auditorium. The theater will host up to two film screenings per week and will be available for film premiers and speaker programs to be held quarterly.

The proscenium arch and stage will be restored to its original condition and the original star-shaped ceiling light fixture will be restored and re-located to the auditorium. New skylights will be added and the front entry hall will be redesigned to accommodate Rivian programming.

Two Rivian electric vehicles will be on display in the lobby and an elevator will also be added to allow for access to the second floor.

The original projection room will be converted into a meeting room and a storage room on the second floor will be converted to a conference room.

Rivian also plans to host art exhibitions in the lobby and in the upper level balcony area in conjunction with First Thursday Art Walk.

“I think this is a very creative re-use of the building that is otherwise economically unfeasible,” Commissioner Steve Goldman said. “I think the city is very fortunate to have Rivian do this because in a sense, they are providing the city and the community and the tax base. They are providing value and benefit somewhat as a lost leader in order for them to achieve their primary objective to have a unique project to promote their brand and market their products.”

Believed to be the first concrete and steel structure in the city, the theater was constructed in 1934 by the Aufdenkamp family and named the New Lynn Theatre when it opened in 1935.

The theater has been operated by several owners over the years before closing about six years ago, due mainly to the costs of upgrading the projection room to a digital format.

Commission Chairwoman Susan McLintock Whitten voiced strong support for the project, saying the theater would help rejuvenate downtown. “I think it’s a great use and in the perfect location,” Whitten said. “I think it’s very symbiotic with Laguna, Laguna’s values, community, sustainability and education. It’s relevant. Its timely. This is the beginning of a new era of hopefulness and this project ties into that in a broad way and in a very local way. It’s an anchor for the reinvigoration of downtown.”

The Laguna Beach Historic Preservation Coalition, in a letter sent to the Planning Commission, objected to the current proposal, saying the project doesn’t retain enough of the theater’s original historical elements.

While the project includes “very welcome restoration of some features, it is more aptly characterized as a substantial remodel that involves the demolition of historic spaces, features, materials, and finishes,” the letter stated. “The Coalition has no objection to Rivian as an owner or tenant, or to the uses, in principle, to which they propose to put the property. But what is proposed is too much for a building whose historic significance is intimately connected to its history as Laguna’s main and, for many decades, only movie theater and to its association with a family whose business was bringing the movies to Laguna.”

However, Commissioner Anne Johnson said the theater’s renovation was never meant to be a restoration project.

“That wasn’t what any of us expected, I don’t think,” Johnson said. “The project I think is a great example of adaptive re-use and rehabilitation.

Goldman agreed adding the building might stay vacant indefinitely if the commission didn’t move forward with Rivian’s proposal.

“Without a project like, this, we would just have a vacant building,” Goldman said. “I would much rather have a vibrant and active building that embraces the community that provides fiscal benefit, that is unique and makes a statement (about) our city, rather than a vacant building that will decay in order to preserve historic standards that I think the majority of the town, including me, doesn’t completely understand.”
 
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