Tesla has led the way, and all the other manufacturers are slowly realizing the value of having their own Supercharger network. Reports of non-functioning charging stations from a wide variety of providers are too frequent, costing electric car drivers their nerves and, in the worst case, even leaving them stranded on the side of the road.
Porsche, for example, announced a year ago that it wanted to set up its own charging station network after all. Volkswagen owes the fact that it has charging stations in the USA at all to a court ruling. Because of the diesel scandal, a Californian court ordered VW to spend two billion to set up a charging station network in California and the USA: Electrify America was founded. Today, VW boasts about it and sees it as a competitive advantage.
Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio, in turn, is building a battery swap network where the dead battery is removed from the underbody and replaced with a freshly charged one.
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Now Rivian has also joined the race to open its own charging station network. Three fast-charging stations, two in California and one in Colorado were released today. In 20 minutes, these DC chargers are expected to charge up to 140 miles (224 kilometers) of range in the R1T pickup and R1S SUV. These charging stations are located near access roads of major national parks and pristine wilderness, catering to the nature lovers among Rivian’s customers.
In California, one charging station is at Death Valley National Park, King’s Canyon, and the southern Sierra; the other opens up the Inyo National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Mono Lake, and Yosemite National Park at Tioga Pass. In Colorado, it’s the Arkansas River Valley that opens up for Rivian riders.
The so-called Rivian Adventure Network DC fast chargers are manufactured in Normal, Illinois. They are said to be able to charge with up to 900 volts and 300 kW.
This year, Rivian plans to open more fast-charging stations across North America, from coast to coast, on major highways such as I-5, I-80, I-75 and I-95, including sites near the Coconino National Forest in Arizona and the Blue Ridge Parkway along the southern and central Appalachian Mountains. The stations will also be listed in the navigation app on the Rivian’s touchscreen.
This article was also posted in German.