Rivian is the latest EV manufacturer to announce that drivers of its EVs will be able to access Tesla’s Supercharger network across the United States and Canada. Ford and General Motors have also announced over the past month that their vehicles would be able to charge at Tesla’s network of 12,000 Super Chargers, which are generally considered to be the fastest and most reliable public EV chargers.
An adapter will be available to enable Rivian's R1T and R1S to charge on the Supercharger network as early as spring 2024. Rivian will incorporate North American Charging Standard (NACS) charge ports as standard in future R1 vehicles starting in 2025, as well as in its upcoming R2 platform.
R.J. Scaringe, founder and CEO of Rivian said in the press release, “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.”
Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla’s senior director of Charging Infrastructure said in the release, “It’s great to see the industry coming together to adopt the North American Charging Standard. By doing so, we’re collectively ensuring all EV drivers have access to easy to use, reliable charging hardware. We look forward to welcoming Rivian owners to thousands of our SuperChargers across North America.”
Tesla’s stock is up +40% since late May, when Ford announced it would be supporting the NACS standard and that its EVs could be charged at the SuperCharger stations. Stellantis, which manufactures brands including Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati and Peugeot, is also reportedly considering going with the NACS standard so their EVs could be charged by Tesla SuperChargers.