Rivian Embraces Tesla's North American Charging Standard (NACS) for Enhanced Electric Vehicle Charging
Rivian has joined the ranks of automakers adopting Tesla's North American Charging Standard (NACS) for electric vehicle charging. Following in the footsteps of Ford and General Motors, who recently announced their vehicles' compatibility with Tesla Superchargers, Rivian will provide NACS adapters for its existing models.
Moreover, all future Rivian vehicles, including the current R1T and R1S models, will come equipped with the NACS charge port as a standard feature. RJ Scaringe, the CEO and founder of Rivian, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, "The adoption of the North American Charging Standard will allow our present and future customers to utilize Tesla's extensive Supercharger network while we continue expanding our Rivian Adventure Network."
While Rivian plans to develop its own charging network, called the Rivian Adventure Network, it remains unclear if these stations will include NACS chargers. The Rivian Adventure Network primarily comprises DC fast chargers strategically located along popular routes and highways.
With the support of Ford and General Motors, Tesla is rapidly establishing dominance in the American-made electric vehicle market. As foreign automakers have yet to align with Tesla, the competition within the EV charging industry is becoming increasingly challenging, as noted by TechCrunch reporter Tim De Chant.