The all-electric Rivian concepts, the R1T pick-up and R1S SUV, have gained substantial attention since their debuts last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The vehicles’ debut is scheduled for late 2020 through direct sales.

Michael McHale, the company’s director of communications, is our guest on this week’s episode of The Weekly Driver Podcast.

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Bruce Aldrich (left) and James Raia interview Michael McHale, the communications director of the Rivian, the all-new electric truck and SUV scheduled for their debuts in late 2020. Its Episode #6 of our audio/video edition of The Weekkly Driver Podcast

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discuss with McHale the pending debut of the vehicles and how the innovated truck and SUV could change the automotive landscape. The company has been touted as a competitor to Tesla, a proposition it welcomes.

Rivian was founded nearly 10 years ago by Mainstream Motors in Florida. Its name was changed to Avera and now Rivian. The SUV and pick-up have beautiful futuristic designs and impressive specs, including a 400-plus mile range and 0-60 miles per hour acceleration in 3.0 seconds.

Among other topics, we also discuss with McHale, how Rivian was named, its eco-friendly mission, level 3 autonomy, pricing and available deposit reservations.

Rivian also has a brand partner relationship with Alex Honnold. The Las Vegas-based mountain climber whose ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite is subject of the move Free Solo, has an environmental-based foundation. Honnold is a past guest on The Weekly Driver Podcast. Listen here.

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