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With that announcement Rivian just killed their initial deliveries, the removable roof is a big deal, and many buyers will prefer to wait for it.
I had planned on waiting for it, plus the larger battery, then Hummer came out. As a pickup the Hummer suits my needs better, it is bigger and has better off road capabilities. Rivian still has not even offered rock sliders. I am still going to get the R1S, but without the off road package.

FYI, the removable roof option for the Rivian has been on their web site for many months, some people just did not notice it because it was listed only on the support page. It was there at the time the configurator was released and stated mid 2022 for availability.
 

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I had planned on waiting for it, plus the larger battery, then Hummer came out. As a pickup the Hummer suits my needs better, it is bigger and has better off road capabilities. Rivian still has not even offered rock sliders. I am still going to get the R1S, but without the off road package.

FYI, the removable roof option for the Rivian has been on their web site for many months, some people just did not notice it because it was listed only on the support page. It was there at the time the configurator was released and stated mid 2022 for availability.
The Rivian with the removable roof makes the package more compelling for some. I wonder if GM will do the Silverado EV with some kind of removable roof or if that stays Hummer Exclusive?
 

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The Rivian with the removable roof makes the package more compelling for some. I wonder if GM will do the Silverado EV with some kind of removable roof or if that stays Hummer Exclusive?
Rivian also indicated it will be two pieces, not 4, and when I asked customer service if it would fit in the frunk, they stated no it would not. That means it would have to go in the truck bed or in the back of the SUV with seats down. Not a good solution, but we shall see what they finally deliver.

I suspect the Silverado will not have that feature.
 

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The Rivian with the removable roof makes the package more compelling for some. I wonder if GM will do the Silverado EV with some kind of removable roof or if that stays Hummer Exclusive?
Definitely staying exclusive to the Hummer. The removable roof fits the off-road heritage (Jeep, Bronco, etc.), while the Silverado is the truck guy's truck.
 
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With that announcement Rivian just killed their initial deliveries, the removable roof is a big deal, and many buyers will prefer to wait for it.
Yeah I'm not sure how their reservation holders are going to feel about this. If they couldn't offer the removable roof at launch they should've waited a bit before revealing it.
 

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Yeah I'm not sure how their reservation holders are going to feel about this. If they couldn't offer the removable roof at launch they should've waited a bit before revealing it.
From the start Rivian stated they would have 4 options for the roof:
  1. Panoramic glass
  2. Solid metal
  3. Electro-chromatic glass
  4. Removable
At the time the configurator was launched, they cancelled option 3 totally. They no longer mention option 2, and option 4 was indicated as not available until middle of 2022, so only Option 1 is currently offered. Many reservation holders got very upset over the removal of option 3. Personally I either preferred solid or removable, I did not care about glass.

They also delayed the 400+ mile version of battery until Jan 2022, also a huge disappointment to many.
 

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From the start Rivian stated they would have 4 options for the roof:
  1. Panoramic glass
  2. Solid metal
  3. Electro-chromatic glass
  4. Removable
At the time the configurator was launched, they cancelled option 3 totally. They no longer mention option 2, and option 4 was indicated as not available until middle of 2022, so only Option 1 is currently offered. Many reservation holders got very upset over the removal of option 3. Personally I either preferred solid or removable, I did not care about glass.

They also delayed the 400+ mile version of battery until Jan 2022, also a huge disappointment to many.
That's nuts. I have no doubt that their vehicles are still going to be good but if I was a reservation holder that would bug me.
 

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That's nuts. I have no doubt that their vehicles are still going to be good but if I was a reservation holder that would bug me.
Rivian has a good product, and seems like a good company with good management, but launching they have to be very careful, public sentiment can change in a second...
 

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I think Rivian has made certain details available in an effort to curb initial demand. Just like their 400+ mile battery is still nearly a year away. But it’s also disclosure, especially in regards to the battery. They want to make sure customers know it’s coming so they don’t pay $75K for a truck only for the larger battery to show up 2 months later. I’m waiting at least for that larger battery if I were to buy an R1T. Aside from their goofy headlight design, I really like their pickup. Yet it’s too small for my personal truck and too expensive for fleet use where I need small pickups. Maybe in a few years when they can make cheaper work truck versions. They have yet to show they can maintain quality and manufacture these efficiently. In fact, manufacturing difficulties, then combined with covid shutdowns and component delays, has been the hold up to getting them out there. But with their delivery vans being tested now with Amazon and full production of those to begin later this year things are looking up. Amazon is taking delivery of a ton of these and UPS gets their first deliveries of the van by the end of this year as well. Those van contracts have been and will be that which saves Rivian. Their small pickup will sell like crazy, once they can finally get them out there. Their distribution model and remote/ destination charging plan are both solid. I think they’re going to be a huge success. And after they get the R1S SUV rolling off the line and delivery van orders under control, they have their larger pickup coming.
 
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