Rivian to Adopt Tesla Charging Connector, Follows GM and Ford

Rivian has announced today a significant partnership with Tesla, granting Rivian drivers access to Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network across the United States and Canada.

In a move consistent with its mission to electrify and reduce carbon emissions in transportation, Rivian is also slated to continue the expansion of its own Rivian Adventure Network.

With the aid of a specially designed adapter, Rivian’s acclaimed R1T and R1S will be capable of charging at Tesla Supercharger stations as early as spring 2024. As a further step towards standardization and increased accessibility, Rivian will also integrate North American Charging Standard (NACS) charge ports in future R1 vehicles from 2025 onward, as well as in its upcoming R2 platform.

Transportation contributes to over a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, emphasizing the pressing need to transition to electric vehicles and protect our planet for future generations. This partnership, along with similar collaborations, increases the number of charging locations available to drivers and is a vital stride towards accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.

“It’s great to see the industry coming together to adopt the North American Charging Standard. By doing so, we’re collectively ensuring all EV drivers have access to easy-to-use, reliable charging hardware. We look forward to welcoming Rivian owners to thousands of our Superchargers across North America,” said Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla’s Senior Director of Charging Infrastructure.

“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. We look forward to continuing to find new ways to accelerate EV adoption, and move the world towards carbon neutrality,” said Rivian’s Founder and CEO, RJ Scaringe.

Expect more automakers to adopt NACS soon—who’s next?