The Rivian automobile company is the most recent carmaker to adopt Tesla’s NACS (North American Charging Standard). Only weeks earlier, Ford and GM had confirmed that their forthcoming electric vehicles would be compatible with Tesla’s Superchargers.
A NACS adapter will be available for current Rivian automobiles. The NACS charging port will come standard on all future vehicles, including the R1T and R1S.
In a statement, Rivian’s CEO and co-founder RJ Scaringe expressed his company’s enthusiasm for working with Tesla and explained that “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.”
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The press statement states that the company will proceed with the development of its own charging network known as the Rivian Adventure Network. Whether or not these charging stations will also include NACS chargers is currently unknown. DC fast chargers are available at stations along major roads and highways in the Rivian Adventure Network.
With support from Rivian, Ford, and GM, Tesla is swiftly expanding its market share among American-made EVs. To date, Tesla has not signed on with any international automakers. TechCrunch’s Tim De Chant notes that competing with Tesla in the EV charging market is becoming more difficult.