It is a no secret that Tesla and Rivian are not friends. Last summer of 2020, Tesla filed a lawsuit against Rivian for allegedly poaching employees and stealing trade secrets.
The case is still ongoing and has been escalated to a judge’s decision not to dismiss the case. Now supporters of each electric automaker have something new to argue about.
Whether you are looking to become a Rivian owner of the R1T truck or R1S SUV, you will get a comprehensive warranty that covers any and all defects for up to the first five years or 60,000 miles, depending which comes first.
Tesla’s warranty coverage pales in comparison as it only covers any and defects for up to the first four years or 50,000 miles. That’s a big issue considering majority of the Tesla complaints are related to poor build quality.
Furthermore, Rivian boasts its battery warranty coverage by covering the battery pack for eight years — which is the industry standard — and 175,000 miles far more than the average of 125,000 miles.
The drivetrain is also covered for the same period. Plus, the corrosion perforation warranty has no mileage limit and is active for the first eight years of ownership.
On Rivian’s website, the company notes that a full list of warranty coverage is located in the Warranty Guide prior to production vehicles being available for purchase.
That means other warranty offerings such as the battery warranty coverage will be added regardless of Rivian making an incremental improvement to the existing and new models.
The Rivian’s battery warranty coverage seems like the automaker is already ahead of Tesla in terms of quality and warranty. It is also an indication that Rivian is confidence in its products.
Both Rivian R1T truck and R1S SUV launch edition is slated to start delivering in June 2021 for the customers who pre-ordered it, with a price tag of $75,000 and $77,500 respectively.
The Biden Administration is also planning to revamp the electric car incentive tax credit as a part of the federal government’s major spending effort to electrify the United States infrastructure.