EV firm Rivian, which has backing from global retailer Amazon, is building its own nationwide network of fast chargers in America, it has announced.
The firm will be creating a network of 3,500 DC fast chargers adding 140 miles of range in 20 minutes to its two available vehicles (the R1T and the R1S). In total, there will be 600 sites across North America by the end of 2023 with the chargers. The firm plans to position chargers on highways, the road network and outside of cafes and shops.
The chargers will only be for Rivian owners and will be powered by 100% renewable energy through partnerships with electricity providers, using wind and solar alongside renewable energy certificates to ensure clean energy to vehicles.
It will provide automatic charging which will require drivers to simply pull up and plug-in with in-vehicle navigation automatically planning for charges. Initially, it will provide charging rates of 200kW and then more than 300kW in the future.
The firm are also installing thousands of Rivian Waypoint chargers across the US and Canada, which are 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 Rivian vehicles. More than Rivian Waypoints are planned across the US and Canada through 2023. The chargers have 11.5kW charging speed and are powered through the Rivian app.
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