Rivian Adventure Network: Changes to Charging Fees

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Rivian has shifted gears, moving away from free charging at its fast-charging stations. This shift from complimentary to paid charging sessions has been on the horizon for a while.

In April, Rivian hinted at the end of free charging, and a month ago, they gave owners a heads-up about this change. Now, the transition is official, with Rivian rolling out paid-only sessions at selected chargers.

Starting this week, owners will encounter a new payment model nationwide. You’ll either pay based on the kilowatt-hours of power your vehicle consumes or opt for a per-minute charging rate.

The specific fees vary depending on the charger location and local regulations. Also, there’s a nudge for responsible charging behavior – owners will face a per-minute idle fee to prevent stalls from being occupied unnecessarily once the charging session concludes. Stay tuned for more updates on the evolving landscape of Rivian’s Adventure Network charging.

If Rivian charges $0.36 per kWh, juicing up a Rivian R1T from empty to full will set you back $38 to $54, depending on your battery setup. Opting for a more practical 10% to 80% charge will cost you around $26 to $38. Keep in mind, these are ballpark figures as Rivian’s pricing might vary across its charging spots.

The Rivian Adventure Network spans 57 speedy charging spots across the U.S., totaling 340 chargers. Their initial plan, announced two years ago, aimed for 600 fast-charging sites and 10,000 Level 2 Waypoints by the end of 2023. Currently, most Adventure Network chargers zip between 120 and 200 kW, with whispers of some pushing 300 kW. Meanwhile, Waypoints stick to Level 2, tapping out at 11.5 kW.

This exclusive Rivian charging club, akin to Tesla’s setup, lets you plug in, and it magically charges your account. However, Rivian vows to open up these chargers to all car makes and models down the road, though shifts in the industry might stir the pot a bit.

Rivian’s paid charging model kicked off recently, but some users report not all stations have transitioned. On Rivian Forums, owners note free chargers and call for more stations to meet demand.

Rivian aims to integrate Tesla’s NACS connector inlet by 2024, garnering support from its community. Adapting infrastructure for NACS and meeting Inflation Reduction Act criteria for federal incentives may slow down Rivian’s goal of 600 nationwide sites.

While Rivian’s current charging network is modest, the shift to NACS means new owners gain access to over 12,000 Tesla supercharging spots—potentially more valuable than expanding Rivian’s network quickly.

However, broadening fast charging networks, especially those embracing all EV brands, is vital for American EV success. Simplifying the charging process could sway traditional vehicle owners toward electric. With Rivian now charging users, funds can circle back into network expansion.

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