Alaska Welcomes First Magic Dock Supercharger Stall, Tested by Rivian R1S

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Tesla’s Supercharger network expands, reaching the snowy landscapes of Alaska. The latest addition, a Magic Dock-equipped Supercharger stall, marks a significant development for electric vehicle charging in the state.

Initially introduced in March, Tesla’s non-Tesla Supercharger initiative gained momentum with the arrival of Magic Dock-equipped stalls. These stalls, proven in Texas and Canada, have now made their way to the frosty terrains of Alaska. The diligent workers responsible for the installation needed to ensure the CCS1-compatible chargers were in good working order. But here’s the twist: how do you test if the CCS1 plug is delivering the juice when Teslas come with the NACS inlet as standard?

In Texas, they reportedly used the Ford F-150 Lightning for testing, and in Alaska, it seems Rivian’s vehicles, like the gray R1S, got the nod. A snapshot shared by user @markhkinak captured the moment a Rivian R1S was topping up its batteries at Alaska’s debut Magic Dock-equipped Supercharger.

The same user mentioned the use of a Chevrolet Bolt EV for testing, though no snapshot of the GM-made electric hatchback surfaced.

Located in Chugiak, near Anchorage, the CCS1-compatible Supercharger is one of two Tesla EV charging stations in Alaska, the other found in Soldotna, specifically catering to Tesla vehicles with NACS plugs.

Rivian, making strategic moves in the EV landscape, announced a deal in June allowing its R1S SUV, R1T pickup, and upcoming R2-based models to utilize any Tesla Supercharger in the U.S. and Canada from 2024, facilitated by an adapter. Moreover, starting in 2025, all Rivian passenger vehicles will come factory-equipped with the NACS connector, eliminating the need for an adapter.

Notably, Tesla’s Magic Dock Superchargers, offering both NACS and CCS1 connectors, are accessible to any CCS-equipped EV in North America, further fostering collaboration between Tesla and various automakers, including General Motors, Ford, and Volvo.

Exciting developments indeed. Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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