The U.S. electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive announced on Monday that opened three fast charging sites this week in Colorado and California, “the first deployments in its nationwide Rivian Adventure Network”.
In March 2021, the electric vehicle maker had said that its ambition for the Adventure Network was to have over 3,500 fast chargers at more than 600 sites by end of 2023. With the first sites being launched in mid-June, Rivian would have to build 597 sites with more than 3,400 fast chargers in 18 months to meet the initial goal. On its official website, the automaker deleted the end of 2023 goal giving no exact timeframe for the Adventure Network plan.
These “Level 3” DC fast-charging sites will initially provide over 200 kilowatts of power, allowing Rivian drivers to add as much as 140 miles of range in just 20 minutes and creating new opportunities for sustainable adventure far from home, Rivian said.
The first Rivian Adventure Network site in Salida, Colorado opened to the public on Monday, June 27 with four chargers, including a pull-through charger to accommodate vehicles towing trailers. The site also hosts four “Level 2” Rivian Waypoints chargers, which are available for use by any EV – not just Rivian vehicles – through the Rivian smartphone app. Thanks to its natural beauty and abundant nearby recreational opportunities, Salida is an ideal location for Rivian’s first fast-charging site.
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The second and third Adventure Network sites in Inyokern and Bishop, California, will open on June 28 and 29 supporting areas like Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Forest, Mammoth Lakes, and Death Valley National Park.
“We designed Rivian charging to support electrified adventure, and these first sites demonstrate how we’re enabling drivers to responsibly reach some of the nation’s most breathtaking natural spaces,” said Trent Warnke, Rivian’s Senior Director of Energy and Charging Solutions. “In addition to scenic or off-the-beaten-path destinations, our fast charging rollout is designed to ensure travelers have places to charge along major transportation corridors coast to coast.”
In mid-June, the company unveiled its plans for a large-scale wind turbine at its Normal manufacturing campus to provide clean energy enabling new R1 vehicles to be powered by renewables for their first charge. Earlier this year, Rivian had installed a 783-kilowatt solar canopy that is scheduled to begin generating electricity later this summer.
The wind project aligns with Rivian’s strategy of adding renewable resources to parts of the country that need them most Illinois’ grid is powered by 11% renewables and aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement, the company stated.
Recently, Rivian Automotive Field Specialist Patrick Sarsgard unveiled that the EV manufacturer just opened a new service center located in Boston. In the same post, Sarsgard said that the U.S. electric vehicle maker is “actively delivering on the East Coast”. During Q1 2022 Earnings, Rivian reiterated its forecast to produce 25,000 vehicles in 2022.