The Rivian Adventure Network, Rivian’s network of DC fast-charging locations, is steadily growing with the addition of a new station this week. According to Electrek, this approach should be observed by other automakers, who may decide to adopt it.
Rivian unveiled its charging system last year, which is obviously influenced by the leading company in the electric vehicle industry, Tesla. Notably, the company made the decision to establish its own network to augment third-party networks, unlike other automakers.
It is worth noting that Rivian is developing two networks just like Tesla did. The Rivian Adventure Network, a DC fast-charging network, is the counterpart of Tesla’s Supercharger network.
Meanwhile, a level 2 charging network identical to Tesla’s Destination chargers is the Rivian Waypoint network.
Notably, none of the other automotive CEOs appear to see the significance of having a charging network except Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe.
It is no surprise that deploying DC fast-charging stations is very complex because there are many steps to take and things to consider. In fact, the Adventure Network, which Rivian declared will have 600 sites, has just recently opened its initial stations in June.
On the other hand, a new station is about to open in Barstow, California. Currently, it still only has six stations operational. Remarkably, Rivian targets areas that promote adventures to aid its customers’ long-distance trips.
Despite Rivian’s modest expansion, its network is expanding regardless. Hopefully, this tactic can benefit Rivian as convenient stations will persuade customers to embrace the brand and the general EV uptake.