Rivian challenges Tesla with better EV truck, SUV battery warranty

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By James Raia
A few months prior to its first deliveries, Rivian has taken the electric vehicle battery warranty lead over Tesla among pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

The warranty for the Rivian R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV is eight years or 175,000 miles (whichever comes first). That covers all components of the battery pack and a minimum of 70 percent of battery capacity.

The electric Rivian pickup truck will debut in the summer of 2021.
The electric Rivian pickup truck will debut in the summer of 2021.

Rivian now has top EV truck battery warranty

Tesla’s longest warranty is also eight years or 150,000 miles, and also covers up to 70 percent of the original battery capacity.

But that warranty is only available on the Model S and Model X, with other models getting less mileage. The Model 3 Standard Range warranty only covers 100,000 miles; the warranty for all other Model 3 variants and the Model Y covers 120,000 miles.

Rivian is also offering a 5-year/60,000-mile, new vehicle warranty and 8-year/175,000-mile drivetrain warranty on both of its vehicles.

Elon Musk has suggested the pending new Tesla Cybertruck could be wrapped in rainbow colors.
Tesla’s Elon Musk has suggested the pending new Tesla Cybertruck could be wrapped in rainbow colors to attract more attention than its rival.

Tesla previously offered an eight-year drivetrain warranty for the Model S, with unlimited mileage. A 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty covers most other components beyond the battery pack. There’s also a 1-year/10,000-mile extension for used cars purchased directly from the company.

Rivian hasn’t delivered any vehicles to customers yet, so we don’t know what it will recommend regarding regular maintenance. Tesla initially recommended an annual service, but scrapped that policy in 2019.

Among other prominent EVs, the Nissan Leaf has an 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and three years or 36,000 miles of “basic coverage” for other components.

The Volkswagen ID.4 gets the same battery-pack warranty terms as the Leaf, with a 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty.

The Rivian R1T has a starting price of $67,500 and the R1S at $70,000, but will start with a 135-kilowatt-hour battery pack offering an estimated 300-mile range.

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James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Thomas D
26 days ago

A lot of hype from electric car manufacturers, but where is the product? Here in casa grande az there is a car co called Lucid. Lots of employees cars in the parking lot but don’t see any cars. This truck, sometime this summer which will pushed to the fall. During the second world war they PRODUCED. Bombers in an hour ,ships in six months