Rivian’s upcoming R1T pickup and R1S SUV are aimed squarely at the outdoorsy, adventurous set, and the company is building an exclusive charging network to match. The Rivian Adventure Network will be a nationwide network of DC fast chargers that connects cities on popular routes across the US and Canada, and also extends into remote destinations.
“Los Angeles to Tahoe. Manhattan to the Adirondacks. San Francisco to Seattle. I-70 to The Rockies. Michigan’s Upper Penisula via I-75. California’s Hwy 395. The entire Blue Ridge Parkway from Shenandoah National Park down to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All these routes and more will begin opening this year,” says Rivian.
By the end of 2023, Rivian plans to have more than 3,500 fast chargers at over 600 sites, located on highways and main roads, often by cafes and shops. These DC fast chargers will be for Rivian owners only. Details on pricing and associated programs are to be revealed soon.
Rivian says its Adventure Network will be powered by 100% renewable energy, and will feature automatic charging with no need for a card or app. “Just pull up and plug in.” Rivian has not said whether it will use the emerging Plug and Charge standard, or if it will implement a proprietary authentication/payment system as Tesla has done.
Charging rates will be “over 200 kW initially and 300 kW+ in the future.”
Rivian is also installing a separate network of Waypoint chargers—Level 2 chargers at shopping centers, hotels, campsites, parks and other locations. These will be open to the public, and will offer a charging speed of 11.5 kW. The company plans to install over 10,000 Rivian Waypoints across the US and Canada through 2023. Some of the first locations have been announced—all 42 Colorado State Parks will have two Rivian Waypoints each, and installation will begin in July.
For home charging, the company will offer the Rivian Wall Charger. Buyers can order the charger and set up installation when ordering their vehicles, and roll the cost into the vehicle financing. The Rivian Wall Charger is a weatherproof Level 2 charger, suitable for indoor or outdoor use. It delivers a charging speed of 11.5 kW, features WiFi connectivity for over-the-air updates, and comes with a 5-year warranty.