Stealing Tesla execs, electric car company Rivian launches exclusive charging network

In the US, Tesla has a formidable competitor.

On Thursday, Rivian officially announced the “Adventure Network EV charging station plans” covering the entire United States.

The plan will not only install an exclusive network for Rivian cars, but also open up 10,000 chargers to the public

Rivian is an electric vehicle startup backed by financing from Amazon, Ford, and Cox, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the U.S. In 2017, Rivian upgraded the equipment production line after acquiring the North American Normal plant of Mitsubishi Motors in Illinois, USA.

Rivian is paying attention to network construction, and its exclusive “adventure network” for electric vehicles will span the entire continental United States and extend to Hawaii and Alaska, equipped with 3,500 DC fast chargers. A total of 600 sites will be online by the end of 2023.

The company said Rivian won’t have loyalty cards or anything that “would entice consumers to spend.” All Rivian owners need to do is park the car there and plug it in.

The first plants will support 200 kilowatts of electricity when they start, and Rivian plans to increase that to 300 kilowatts or more after 2023.

The company promises that future R1T pickup and R1S SUV owners will get 140 miles of range in 20 minutes.

As for public chargers, Rivian prefers to refer to them as road signs.

The company plans to have 10,000 road signs (public chargers) in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2023. They will become common infrastructure in shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, parks and other places.

Tesla has adopted a similar strategy. Interestingly, Rivian reportedly poached some of Tesla’s former executives to help it develop charging stations and other infrastructure. Like a dedicated network, Rivian owners can automatically charge by parking and plugging in.

But compared to Tesla, Rivian users should also pay attention to some issues that the company has not detailed, but require additional attention.

These chargers are rated at 11.5 kW, so EV owners can expect to spend longer at these sites than DC fast chargers.

Also note that they only work with EVs with a J1772 plug.

The company also plans to use the Rivian wall charger for at-home charging. The charger has the same specs as the “road sign” and can add 25 miles per hour on a charge.

Rivian will launch its first R1T and R1S models this summer, and so far the company seems to have everything ready.

Author: Yoyokuo