Third US EV manufacturer strikes deal to join Tesla’s Supercharger Network

  • Rivian joins Tesla’s Supercharger Network, following Ford and General Motors.
  • Collaboration aims to accelerate EV adoption in North America.
  • Rivian adopts North American Charging Standard for seamless compatibility.

Rivian becomes the third manufacturer in recent weeks to finalize an agreement with Tesla 

Following on from Ford and General Motors (GM), Rivian have announced that their electric vehicle (EV) drivers will have access to Tesla’s Supercharger Network from 2024.

Tesla’s 12,000 Superchargers are spread across the United States and Canada. This string of monumental collaborations aim to accelerate the adoption of EVs across North America.

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As part of the agreement, Rivian will adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its future vehicles. This standardization ensures seamless compatibility between Rivian’s upcoming models and the Tesla Supercharger infrastructure. Adapters for Rivian’s R1T and R1S vehicles will be compatible with Tesla Superchargers by as early as Spring 2024.

Not stopping there, Rivian will integrate NACS charge ports as a standard feature in all future R1 vehicles from 2025 onwards. The forthcoming R2 platform will also incorporate this cutting-edge charging technology. 

This mirrors agreements in Tesla’s deals with both Ford and GM, and solidifies the NACS as the true universal EV charge port for North America. Thanks to the sudden influx of accessibility, charging across the region will become easier than ever. Therefore, aligning with the North American Charging Standard signifies a giant leap forward in driving the widespread adoption of EVs.

“We’re excited to work with Tesla and to see collaborations like this help advance the world toward carbon neutrality. The adoption of the North American Charging Standard will enable our existing and future customers to leverage Tesla’s expansive Supercharger network while we continue to build out our Rivian Adventure Network. We look forward to continuing to find new ways to accelerate EV adoption.”

RJ Scaringe, CEO, Rivian

The combined forces of Rivian and Tesla are a huge boost for EV infrastructure and adoption in North America. Combined with the previous announcements from Ford and GM, the North American EV sector has never been more unified. 

Collaboration has always been essential for widespread and accessible action. Expanding access benefits all sides of the agreement, as manufacturers access the largest charger network and network providers ensure the utilization of their pre-existing chargers.

It seems only a matter of time before similar collaborations, and charge point standardisations, are put in place in other regions worldwide.

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