Last year Rivian hired Tesla’s staff to build their charging network “Rivian Adventure Network”. This year they have released a map of their planned charging stations and how the charging stations will operate.
Rivian’s strategy resembles that of Tesla because they considered it as a ‘smart’ strategy. The company plans to have more than 3,500 chargers in more than 600 charging stations by the end of 2023.
Charging sites will be located along highways and main roads. However, the stations will be only for Rivian owners.
The owners will be simply parking their vehicles and they plug and charge them. Payments will also be automated. Rivian also disclosed that the charge rate will start at 200kW and later be upgraded to 300kW.
All companies will be powered by renewable energy directly where it is possible and through certificates where it is not.
They are also introducing Rivian Waypoints across the US and Canada, which are level 2 AC chargers that will have a charge rate of 11.5kW for shopping centers, hotels, restaurants among other locations.
For charging at home, the Rivian vehicle comes with a portable charger and its wall connector.
The wall charger will have a 5year warranty, 11.5Kw charging speed with the charge that lasts up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge, and WiFi connectivity for OTA updates. The wall charger will be weatherproof and compatible with other EVs using the J1772 plug.