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As the market for electric vehicles continues to grow in the United States, we’re seeing competitors in the field unite to make general adoption of EVs for those interested a bit easier. Today’s news with Rivian is certainly no exception!

Rivian and Tesla have signed an agreement for the stylish and awesome Rivian lineup to charge at Tesla supercharging stations around the country. This opens up a whole new network of charging stations for existing and future Rivian owners.

How can I charge a Rivian with a Tesla charger?

A Rivian R1T electric truck racing across a dirt road, dust visible in the foreground.
2022 Rivian R1T | Rivian

According to the press release on Business Wire, Rivian will make an adapter available for Tesla chargers as soon as Spring 2024. In addition, both Rivian and Tesla are moving forward with using universal charging on future products.

These decisions come courtesy of the North American Charging Standard (NACS), a movement to make EV charging universal in a similar manner to the majority of modern smartphones coming with standardized USB-C charging ports. This means NACS electric vehicles will all have the same charging port and, generally, charge using the same charging stations throughout the country. Much like a gas station, virtually all EVs will be able to charge at any station.

“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.

Opening Tesla charging stations to everyone changes things

The 2023 Ford F-150 using a Tesla fast charger
The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning using a Tesla charger | Ford

“We’re excited to work with Tesla and to see collaborations like this help advance the world toward carbon neutrality. 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,” said RJ Scaringe, Founder, and CEO of Rivian.

Overall, as more automakers adopt the NACS standard port and battery technology continues to evolve rapidly, range anxiety will soon be a thing of the past for EV owners. Trekking cross-country in an electric vehicle will soon be just as easy as with an internal combustion engine!


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