Rivian projects a network of 10,000 EV chargers in North America by 2023
Rivian is poised to counter one of Tesla’s biggest advantages: its extended charging network. As The edge note, Rivian has revealed plans to install more than 10,000 Level 2 AC chargers (“Waypoints” in Rivian parlance) across the United States and Canada through 2023. The first installations are scheduled for July , when Colorado’s 42 state parks will each receive two chargers. All waypoints will be placed near restaurants, shops and other common stops.
These stations won’t be as fast as the 3500+ DC fast chargers that will define Rivian’s exclusive adventure network (also by 2023), but their 11.5kW charging speed is expected to deliver up to 25kW. miles of range per hour for the R1T and R1S. . And unlike Adventure Network, they’ll be open to any vehicle that can use a J1772 connection. Think of them more as a way to relax while shopping or approaching your destination.
Adventure Network chargers will offer a charge of at least 200 kW (300 kW later) for a range of 140 km. They will benefit from automatic recharging and will be powered only by renewable energies. The Rivian range can also be recharged in all stations that support CCS, such as Electrify America.
It won’t make Tesla too nervous. Elon Musk’s outfit has over 20,000 Superchargers worldwide at over 2,000 stations, many with faster charging than Waypoints. Still, the plan could allay the fears of Rivian buyers who fear they will have few official charging options once they leave home.