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Not having third row seating when buying a 180w battery is "Crazy". I would plan to make long road trip to visit family with my family of 5 plus wife and me and make sure that where family is they have and outlet for me to use to charge. Not having the Third seat because you want the bigger battery is "HORRIBLE" design approach and makes me think that this vehicle was badly thought out. It was probably competing against Highlander and Honda Pilot. I have owned both and especially in the Pilot used the seven row seating for long trips with the 5th person sitting in the back so to take advantage of a 4 captain seat set up while the 5th person had the one 40% section for sitting and the 60% section down for storage of suitcase and stuff. Definitely canceling my order for the R1S after i found this odd approach to the bigger battery pack ... it must just sit on top of it in the back of the skateboard ... definitely mediocre design approach. i would say that most of the ones ordering with the seven seats had the idea of a 180W battery for long road trips with 5 or more people ... and set up the way i explained it. Wow major let down. That leaves me with the minivan for those trips but now would think about the R1T because the usefulness of R1S just lost its appeal ... wow
I don't want to speak for Rivian, but I'm not sure it's so much poor design as it is the fact that there is limited amount of space to put additional battery packs and so they had to place them somewhere. Thus, the third row was removed to make room for the additional packs. If you decide on the 135kw pack, you're still getting 310+ miles per charge which in most cases is 3-3.5hrs of driving. I would think most people would want to get out and walk around, use the restroom, etc. after that much driving, but maybe I'm in the minority. We regularly take road trips in our 100D Model X and even with the self-driving feature- I still need to stretch my legs after 3.5hrs of driving. The time spent charging gives me plenty of time to do this, get something to eat and use the restroom before continuing on.
 
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