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  1. Reuters: US as many as 15 years behind China on nuclear power [ADMIN WARNING: NO POLITICS]

    Natural gas is too cheap for nuclear to be price competitive right now, unfortunately. Eventually that will flip, but there's the always-hard chicken or egg problem with "early" adoption. After we build a few new type reactors, the cost would start to come down substantially, but no utilities or...
  2. How do I use a Tesla Supercharger with Rivian NACS adapter?

    Plug and Charge should work as long as you have a valid payment method in your Rivian account. If you ever want to take advantage of a Tesla membership and the charging discount, you have to initiate a charging session through the Tesla app before connecting the station to your R1.
  3. Beta: 2024.19 Software Update: Suspension, Visual Interface, Live Blind Spot Camera, Climate Control, OTA scheduling, Google Maps Improvements & More

    Peltier seats would definitely cool even better, but they're not particularly efficient. The setup they used should get you plenty cool as long as your AC is running. I'm pretty sure it's not just recirculating random cabin air, but is actually circulating the cooled air coming straight out of...
  4. RAN Rivian Charging Stations Locations Map via Google Maps

    In the broader region, Rivian has a station "coming soon" to Bozeman. The original strategic plan map had stations in Gardiner, West Yellowstone, in Yellowstone NP, and in Jackson. That was a conceptual map based on an overall plan rather than any specific sites that had been identified. Timing...
  5. Wassym Confirms new features & upgrades for Gen 1 R1T / R1S -- Driver+, Ambient Lighting Themes

    Maybe I'm assuming too much about the context of this earlier discussion, but... Launch mode is a gimmick that requires you to be stationary and to go through a particular sequence of screen touches, centering the steering wheel, etc.. How does that help you avoid wrecks?
  6. Next Batch of NACS Adapters Shipping to Rivian Owners!

    That’s certainly the hope, but with Tesla, you just never know. Also, the J3400 standard still isn’t finalized, and even if the third party adapters are eventually UL certified, the ones purchased before then won’t be.
  7. Pellet Grill/Smoker

    We still use our RecTeq quite frequently. It’s one of the best things we’ve ever gotten for our house. Pork butt, ribs, wings, thick reverse-seared steaks or pork chops, etc. are all so incredibly easy. Anyone considering a pellet smoker, just do it!!
  8. Next Batch of NACS Adapters Shipping to Rivian Owners!

    Disagree strongly on both points. Because Tesla most likely demanded that Rivian only allow Tesla-made adapters, Rivian’s choice was to say nothing at all for many months while stockpiling adapters or trickle them out as fast as possible. As long as Rivian’s supply is limited, holding them back...
  9. Free Rivian Adapter status?

    All very true. And for those who dream of having a native NACS port on your Rivian, all of this will still be true because V1 and V2 superchargers are not NACS, which uses the same communication protocols as CCS1. Those locations use a proprietary Tesla protocol. A native NACS port does not make...
  10. Tesla V3, V4 Superchargers and RAN Stations Map (kml for Google Earth)

    Not all superchargers will work with non-Teslas (currently Ford and Rivian). Tesla's map has a filter. Rivians and Fords can charge at "Superchargers Open to Other EVs" and at "Superchargers Open to NACS". The latter requires you to bring a NACS-> CCS adapter like the official one, A2Z's, and...
  11. Heatpump is the biggest upgrade in Gen 2, imo

    To answer your original question, in case you don't think you've gotten a serious answer yet: The heat pump will make a difference. That difference will not be massive. It will likely not exist at all in hot weather but rather in cool or cold weather because in hot weather the vehicle will be...
  12. I Spent Two Days With Gen-2 R1 Vehicles. Here’s My Thoughts as a Rivian Owner...

    They are already producing them. That was one of the main purposes of the factory shutdown in April.
  13. Free Rivian Adapter status?

    Tesla superchargers do not allow the cable to be disconnected from a locked Tesla. EDIT TO ADD: I can't find confirmation on Rivian right now and haven't tested it myself, but I found confirmation that at least Ford Mach-E's also do not allow a CCS1 cable to be disconnected while the vehicle is...
  14. Free Rivian Adapter status?

    So someone else could walk over to my car while it's charging, slide the switch on the adapter and kill my charging session? And presumably use that charger for themselves? In light of the way Teslas vs. non-Teslas will be parking at most stations, I can imagine Tesla owners parking in what they...
  15. Heatpump is the biggest upgrade in Gen 2, imo

    Sorry you missed my sarcasm that was about Elon rather than you. ;) I actually thought your post was interesting. I suspected the fawning over the "octovalve" was over the top. You provided a very common example of basically the same idea being used elsewhere. Doesn't mean Tesla wasn't smart to...
  16. Heatpump is the biggest upgrade in Gen 2, imo

    Yeah, yeah, and if you have a lighter and flatulate you also have a rocket engine that conceptually works like Merlin. Don't act like Elon didn't revolutionize the world.
  17. Free Rivian Adapter status?

    I'm a little leery of even asking someone this question because it suggests I want someone to test something that I would be reluctant to test myself, but just in case someone has already tested it or has gotten a definitive answer from A2Z: Is there something that effectively prevents the...
  18. Heatpump is the biggest upgrade in Gen 2, imo

    Since the thread is already largely derailed, I'm going to pick a very small nit. MOST refrigerators use a uni-directional heat pump, but some do not. Some small refrigerators -- think the ones that are for a few bottles or even some "dorm" size -- use Peltier cooling systems rather than...


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