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Rivian adopts Tesla's charging standard amidst EV competition

June 20, 2023
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Rivian, an electric vehicle (EV) maker, has announced its plan to switch from the Combined Charging System (CCS) to the North American Charging Standard (NACS) developed by Tesla in 2024. This move follows similar decisions by Ford and General Motors, aiming to take advantage of Tesla's extensive Supercharger network and advance towards carbon neutrality.

Charging Standards in North America: The future of the Combined Charging System in North America may be uncertain.
  • The auto industry currently uses the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard for fast DC charging of electric vehicles.
  • The CCS standard combines the five-pin J1772 plug for AC charging with two pins for direct current, but the connector and cable can be bulky.
  • Tesla has developed a more elegant alternative called the North American Charging Standard (NACS) and has maintained its own separate charging infrastructure for over a decade.

  • Automakers Adopting Tesla's NACS: Rivian has announced it will switch to Tesla's NACS in 2024, following Ford and General Motors.
  • Tesla has begun to allow other automakers to use its charging standard, breaking down the walls of its exclusive infrastructure.
  • Initially, Ford adopted the NACS, followed by General Motors.
  • Rivian is the latest to announce a switch from CCS to NACS, but unlike the previous two automakers, Rivian did not make the announcement in a Twitter Space with Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

  • Rivian's Motivation and Future Plans: Rivian's switch to NACS is seen as a step towards carbon neutrality and increased EV adoption.
  • Rivian CEO, RJ Scaringe, expressed enthusiasm for collaborating with Tesla and sees this move as a way to promote a shift towards carbon neutrality.
  • Adopting the NACS will allow Rivian's existing and future customers to leverage Tesla's expansive Supercharger network.
  • While adopting Tesla's technology, Rivian will also continue to expand its own Rivian Adventure Network.
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