As the company makes its way steadily towards the EV mainstream, CEO RJ Scaringe has announced that Rivian will make its public charging network available. By making its chargers available to vehicles of all makes and models, Rivian will be able to take advantage of federal EV proliferation incentives made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act. The Automotive News reports that the network may begin accepting new users as soon as next year.
The move is reminiscent of Tesla’s announcement that it will open its Supercharger network to third-party brands, but Rivian’s infrastructure is much less robust and more decentralized due to its goal of providing more charging options for off-road adventurers. According to Rivian, the so-called “Rivian Adventure Network” already includes dozens of places, many of which have high-output DC fast chargers.
More than 3,500 rapid charging stations will be available at roughly 600 Rivian-operated locations. While Rivian continues to market its system as exclusive, it employs an industry-standard charging plug-in in contrast to Tesla’s proprietary system.