Rivian drivers will have access to Tesla Superchargers

Electric truck maker Rivian announced Tuesday that its drivers will have access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across the United States and Canada starting early next year.

This step comes in the wake of similar agreements concluded by Tesla last month with Ford and General Motors.

What you need to know

  • Rivian announced Tuesday that its drivers will have access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers in the U.S. and Canada starting in early 2024.
  • The electric truck and SUV manufacturer will offer adapters to vehicle owners that allow them to access Tesla chargers
  • In 2025, Rivian will also integrate Tesla’s so-called North American Standard charging ports as standard equipment on the R1T and R1S.
  • Ford and General Motors have concluded similar deals with Tesla

Rivian says it will provide an adapter to vehicle owners that will allow them to use Tesla chargers. Starting in 2025, Rivian said it will also integrate so-called North American standard charging ports as standard equipment on its R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV. Rivian drivers will still be able to use CCS chargers with a new adapter that the automaker will also provide.

Rivian says the move will provide access to more than 25,000 DC fast chargers through the Rivian Adventure Network, Tesla Superchargers and other public charging companies it has partnered with.

Tesla’s North American Charging System, or NACS, is one of two major electric vehicle charging systems used by automakers. A proprietary system developed by Tesla, NACS is only available in Tesla cars and Tesla engines. Most other automakers use combined charging system, or CCS, for their electric cars.

But that’s about to change. Late last year, Tesla said it would open its NACS charging system to grid operators as well as car manufacturers. Many companies have seized the opportunity.

In May, Ford struck a deal with Tesla to make more than 12,000 of its Superchargers available across the U.S. and Canada to Ford EV drivers starting next spring. Tesla will develop an adapter that will allow Ford electric vehicles equipped with CCS ports to access Tesla Superchargers. Starting in 2025, Ford will equip its electric vehicles with Tesla’s NACS charging ports.

Last week, General Motors struck a similar deal with Tesla. The move was quickly followed by charging network EVGo, which announced it would add more Tesla chargers, and automakers Stellantis and Hyundai, both of which are now looking to adopt Tesla’s system.

Rivian said that once the NACS adapter is available for its vehicles, the company will add the available Tesla charging locations to its app and in-car navigation system.

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