The American automaker recently signed an agreement
with Tesla to enable access to the latter’s Supercharger Network in the US and Canada. Beginning in spring 2024, current and new R1T or R1S owners will have access to an adapter that will allow charging on the Tesla Supercharger network.
Additionally, Rivian says it will incorporate the NACS charge ports as standard equipment on its R1 vehicles beginning in 2025, and its upcoming R2 platform thereafter. Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe spoke to the new NACS agreement:
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.
Rivian says that although it is offering access to Tesla’s expansive charging network in North America, it will continue to build out its own Adventure Network of chargers. Whether those Rivian piles will eventually support NACS in addition to SAE Combo with CCS remains unclear at this point.
Either way, this is a win for Rivian drivers and further solidifies NACS as the new and true standard for the continent. Per Tesla’s senior director of charging infrastructure, Rebecca Tinucci:
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.