Rivian is showing great progress on its way to the deliveries of its R1T Electric adventure trucks expected to start this month, followed by the R1S electric adventure SUV. Many more preorder holders are being invited for test drives, find out how to get a test drive to invite here.
Some press outlets have had the car to test and put it through its paces which has been giving us tremendous information about the cars lately. There has been more information about official EPA ranges for the R1T and the R1S. Another major step Rivian has taken to boost confidence in customers is to begin installing its waypoint chargers.
Rivian’s waypoint charging stations have now been spotted near Moab in Utah, which is good news for those who plan to actually use their electric adventure vehicles off-road. The location is known to be a popular spot for off-road and outdoor activities. At least two Level 2 Waypoint chargers now reside at the Under Canvas resort north of Moab. The chargers are level two chargers that are capable of charging at a rate of up to 11.5 kilowatts. This is the same rate or specification for Rivians home Wall Charger which Rivian plans to sell alongside the cars for any home charging needs.
Rivian has designed these chargers with the end-user in mind, in an attempt to make the experience of charging a Rivian as smooth and as painless as possible. The chargers are plug-and-play for Rivian vehicles. This means, you pull up to the charger, plugin into your Rivian and the charger automatically identifies the car and starts charging and debits your preferred payment method after charging, without you needing to sign into a payment system every time you charge. The charger can also be used by any other EV using the J1772 plug.
Rivian plans to have more than 10,000 Waypoint chargers installed across the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2023, including chargers at every state park in Colorado, all at no cost to the state.
Plans for Rivian to plant charging stations in and around off-road destinations like Moab were already known but this is concrete proof that the automaker is at least semi-serious about building itself up as a go-anywhere EV brand with its own network of chargers.
One thing that makes owning a Tesla so great is the charging experience. Tesla has seen that having reliable and fast superchargers with easy access to its customers is the best way to give a great product experience for those who own its cars. Being able to charge anywhere in the city, taking interurban trips, and much more. These charging stations are strategically placed at convenient spots for tesla owners since its mostly used for commutes in the cities and road trips.
With Rivian, the strategy is similar but with a few fundamental changes. First, Rivian is an outdoor and camping-focused brand. This means people buy these cars purposely to take trips to the outdoor and rock crawling areas. These are not places with a large array of superchargers. Rivian has acknowledged this and is placing its chargers where they are needed the most, at popular outdoor locations like Moab.
Users also would use these vehicles as their daily drivers in the cities and would also need to charge them. Placing Rivian charging stations in city and populated areas may not be the best route for Rivian now because, first, Rivian uses the J1772 plug, the same used by other independent E V charging services providers like electrify America which has a pretty wide network of chargers, though not as reliable as Tesla superchargers.
The Under Canvas resort is just west of Arches National Park, easily putting it within driving range of Utah’s greatest driving trails. Given that the R1T has an EPA-rated range of 314 miles in its top spec, owners shouldn’t have any problems plugging in overnight and completing a day of wheeling. Of course, there are also plans for these to be installed at off-road destinations across the States, with DC fast chargers on the way that can give R1Ts up to 140 miles of juice in 20 minutes.
Rivian’s charger network dubbed the Rivian Adventure Network, promises an ambitious, 600 super-charging stations offering 3,500 chargers by 2023 on routes across the United States and Canada. The chargers will be exclusive to Rivian owners, though a secondary, so-called Waypoint network of 10,000, 240-volt chargers will be open to the public at hotels and other businesses.
Rivian says that details on pricing will be released for customers soon. Third-party charging companies typically have subscription plans with some automakers covering their costs for first-time EV buyers. Tesla rolled out its service free to Model S owners in 2012 but has since begun charging as more vehicles like the hot-selling Model 3 sedan have come to market.
Each Rivian charging station will operate six chargers on average at speeds starting at 200 kW (with planned 300 kW). Rivian also plans to install charging stations at more favorite camp locations and popular trails where uses can use to charge up their cars during long stays in these remote areas. This approach fits perfectly with the whole theme of Rivian vehicles, Adventure.