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Rivian to Adopt Tesla’s EV Charging Standard, Hyundai and Stellantis May Follow Suit

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Rivian has revealed plans to adopt Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS), or Tesla’s EV charge port. There are also indications that Hyundai and Stellantis might do the same.

Rivian announced on Twitter on Tuesday, “We have signed a pact with Tesla to adopt the North American Charging Standard. This paves the way for Rivian vehicles to access Tesla’s Supercharger network across the United States and Canada, with access set to commence in spring 2024.”

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The car manufacturer didn’t elaborate on the specifics of the implementation. Existing Rivian vehicle owners will require an adapter to charge at Tesla port stations, given that Rivian currently operates with the Combined Charging Standard (CCS). It remains unclear whether Rivian will incorporate Tesla ports in future vehicles, or decide to phase out the CCS at some point.

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Rivian has been actively developing its own charging infrastructure. The company announced in 2021 its intent to establish over 3,500 DC fast chargers across more than 600 sites by 2023, in addition to over 10,000 Level 2 AC chargers. These were intended to be located in less frequented areas near outdoor destinations where Rivian anticipates its clients will visit, providing an alternative to Tesla’s Supercharger network.

On Tuesday, Automotive News also reported that Hyundai is considering implementing Tesla’s charging port in its future electric vehicles. Hyundai’s CEO, Jaehoon Chang, was quoted as saying the main factor is the benefits to customers. Chang acknowledged that Hyundai EVs might not charge at the same power rate at Tesla Supercharger stations as they do at some CCS stations, and Hyundai intends to consult with Tesla regarding this matter.

In a recent statement to Reuters, Stellantis also hinted at evaluating the Tesla connector.

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“We’re continuing to assess the NACS standard and are excited about future discussions,” the car manufacturer stated.

The move toward Tesla’s charging port and away from the CCS was initially prompted by Ford, which last month revealed its plans to integrate Tesla compatibility into its next-generation EVs starting in 2025. Additionally, it will offer existing EV owners the ability to charge at Supercharger stations with an adapter available from next year. Ford plans to phase out the CCS in the U.S. with the introduction of new EV models.

General Motors joined in with a similar announcement earlier this month, expressing intent to provide access to the Supercharger network for existing EV owners in 2024. Moreover, GM plans to start designing EVs with Tesla connectors from 2025, signifying a gradual shift away from the CCS.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tesla’s EV Charging Standard

What charging standard is Rivian planning to adopt?

Rivian is planning to adopt Tesla’s EV charging standard, otherwise known as the North American Charging Standard (NACS).

When will Rivian vehicles have access to Tesla’s Supercharger network?

Rivian vehicles will have access to Tesla’s Supercharger network starting from spring 2024.

Will existing Rivian vehicles need an adapter to use Tesla’s Supercharger stations?

Yes, owners of existing Rivian vehicles will need an adapter to charge their vehicles at Tesla’s Supercharger stations.

Are other automakers considering adopting the Tesla charge port?

Yes, Hyundai and Stellantis are considering adopting the Tesla charge port, according to reports. Ford and General Motors have also announced plans to shift to the Tesla charging standard.

Are any automakers planning to abandon the Combined Charging Standard (CCS)?

Both Ford and General Motors have announced plans to gradually phase out the Combined Charging Standard (CCS) in favor of the Tesla charging standard.

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EcoRider69 June 20, 2023 - 8:19 pm

Woah, Rivian going with Tesla ports? That’s some news! Hope this means more unified EV charging in the future.

ChargeItUp June 20, 2023 - 8:59 pm

Finally, it feels like there is some sense! But does that mean my old Rivian will need an adapter to charge? Bit of a hassle, ain’t it?

FastChargeFred June 20, 2023 - 9:06 pm

Do ya think this move by Rivian could prompt more automakers to adopt Tesla’s charging standard? Time will tell i guess…

EVenthusiast June 21, 2023 - 3:35 am

Hyundai and Stellantis next? The dominoes are fallin’ guys! This could be a game-changer!

CarLoverJoe June 21, 2023 - 4:05 am

so tesla’s the new standard huh? i wonder what this means for the ccs…

greenMachine June 21, 2023 - 6:08 am

I’m glad to see this. The EV industry needs some standardization. All these different charging standards are confusing for consumers.


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