Rivian, which plans to launch an electric truck and SUV this year, is also building a charging network.
The “Adventure Network” will feature 3,500 individual 200-kW DC fast chargers “connecting cities on popular routes across the U.S. and Canada.” Rivian plans 600 charging sites by the end of 2023.
The chargers will only be available to owners of Rivian vehicles. The company says the chargers will be capable of adding 140 miles of range in 20 minutes. Tesla’s Superchargers deliver about 200 miles in 15 minutes.
Rivian is also planning to install thousands of Waypoint chargers across the U.S. and Canada. The company is installing the first chargers at each of Colorado’s 42 state parks.
“Found at shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, campsites, parks, and many other locations, these Level 2 AC chargers deliver up to 25 miles of range every hour for the R1T and R1S, letting you grab extra miles while you’re out having fun,” the company says on its website.
Rivian expects to deliver its R1T pickup this year, followed by the R1S SUV. Rivian also has a contract to supply 100,000 delivery vans to Amazon.