Glass Roof confirmed, Partners With Nationwide, and a Generous Return Policy: Weekly Rivian news roundup


Rivian Confirms Glass Panoramic Roof

Rivian has confirmed that both its R1T pickup and R1S SUV will be available with an all-glass panoramic roof. “An open-air removable roof option will be offered mid-2022,” the company said on its website.

The R1T pickup is expected to hit the market in a couple of months, with the open-air roof coming in the middle of next year, according to Rivian.

We’ve been hearing this rumor for a while but this is the first we’ve seen Rivian confirm it. Rivian has followed the footsteps of the Jeep bronco which is one of the best outdoor adventure cars out there where even the door panels can be removed. The hummer EV also spots a similar feature. As of now, we are not sure if the feature will warrant a price tag, and if so how much but we speculate it will.

Source: Autoweek

Rivian R1T, R1S Deliveries Are Not Only Based On Pre-Order Date

According to an email sent to reservation holders, Rivian delivery dates will not only depend on who ordered first but will also depend on how the Rivian was configured (color and packages), and where delivery is taken.

The email explains that the delivery schedule is synced with the delivery location’s proximity to Rivian service centers, its mobile service fleet, and Rivian charging stations. This makes sense in order to better serve initial customers since Rivian doesn’t have a nationwide presence yet.

Colour is one of the factors that affect delivery times the most after the initial specifications have been met. This is so because Rivian plans to produce these cars in similar groups. We can only guess which Rivian colors will hit production first.

Source: Insideevs

Amazon’s electric vans start delivering packages in the Denver metro area

The first Amazon fully electric vans made by Rivian arrived in Denver this week, one of 16 places across the United States where the online retailer expects to use these electric vehicles on its routes.

Rivian’s investors include Amazon, which started testing the all-electric vans in Los Angeles earlier this year. It’s part of the company’s “Climate Pledge,” which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. For deliveries, the corporation ordered 100,000 made by Rivian electric vehicles. The routes in the Denver area are part of a preliminary climate test that is also taking place in a few other U.S. cities before the Rivian EV program expands.

SOurce: The Volter

Rivian to Partner With Nationwide For Insurance Program

Rivian blew us away with its insurance plans. New details about Rivian’s plans to sell insurance for its electric vehicles highlights a partnership with established underwriter Nationwide.

Rivian already is at the forefront of electrification and autonomous driving. Now it appears to be on the leading edge of another trend—carmakers that also sell insurance.

Rivian Insurance will be available to customers in 40 states initially; insurance is generally regulated state-by-state. The policies will be underwritten by third-party carriers. Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide confirmed to WGLT that it’s a partner. It’s unclear if there are others.

 Source: WGLT

Rivian, Brandt worthy of continued tax breaks, local taxing body says

The Heartland Community College Board of Trustees this week determined Rivian Automotive and Canadian agricultural equipment maker Brandt Industries have met all of the agreed-to benchmarks for hiring and plant investment to receive another year of tax incentives.

Rivian pledged it would create at least 500 full-time jobs by the end of this year. Last month, the electric vehicle maker said 890 people were working full-time at the plant in Normal. This number of jobs created by Rivian has qualified the automaker for its entire 2020 property tax bill to be abated. Rivian is still planning to have a workforce of about 2,700 people by next year.


Rivian’s Generous Return Policy.

Rivian recently announced on its official website an extremely generous return policy for both vehicles. Buyers will have up to 7 days or 1,000 miles to return their EV truck or SUV if they’re not satisfied, no questions asked. To return a vehicle, customers can contact their personal “Rivian Guide” to get the process going.

 “If your vehicle does not meet your needs, you have 7 days or 1,000 miles to return it – whichever comes first. Certain terms and conditions will apply. Simply reach out to your Rivian Guide and start the return process,” the website states. Rivian, whose investors include Ford and Amazon, is clearly 100 percent confident buyers won’t be disappointed. We’ll know that for sure in the coming few months.


Hanson F.
Hanson is a lover of electric cars especially Rivian. He is a contributor for The Volter as well as other news hubs

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