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Rivian’s Warranty Will Be A Selling Point

A manufacturer’s warranty remains an important shopping criterion


  • Battery warranties are especially important for shoppers.

  • In most coverage aspects, Rivian beats Tesla.


Factory warranties often come up in new-car buying decisions. For many, it can be a deal-breaker if there isn’t enough of it. Rivian, which is only weeks away from launching its new electric SUVs, has revealed its product warranty details and they are convincing.

Rivian’s main rival, Tesla, isn’t quite ready with its Cybertruck to counter the startup’s R1T electric pickup however its Model X is threatened by the R1S SUV. If you are shopping for an electric SUV, you might be interested in comparing warranty coverage.

Rivian R1S 3-row all-electric SUV
Rivian R1S | Photo: Rivian Automotive

Rivian’s bumper-to-bumper warranty is good for a 5-year/60,000-mile term. Tesla however is limited to 4-year/50,000-mile period. When it comes to batteries, likely the most important type of coverage, the differences are also clear. Here, Rivian will cover all components inside the high-voltage battery for a period of 8 years or up to 175,000 miles. Within these parameters, Rivian will consider repairs should the battery’s capacity drop below 70%. Tesla will also stand by its batteries for up to 8 years however mileage covers varies between 100,000 and maxes out at 150,000 miles.

Finally, as reported by the Toysmatrix, drivetrain components also receive more coverage from Rivian than Tesla. In both cases, these elements are covered for the same period as their respective batteries.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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