Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) Charging Stations Appear to be On the Fast Track

The Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) is starting to take shape nationwide.

Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) charging stations will be sprouting up nationwide soon; with an early batch happening right here, in Colorado. The City Council of Salida, Colorado just approved eight charging stations, which are currently parking spots. On top of that, an additional six “trees” along the Monarch Spur Trail.

These “trees” appear to be part of the RAN charging plan Rivan has begun to implement. Early on; Rivian has stated their desire to build solar-powered charging stations in areas that are normally inaccessible to EVs. Using advanced solar power, Rivian proposed using that type of energy to power remote sites – like trailheads.

This may sound familiar. Jeep recently announced their desire to build solar-powered charging stations located at Jeep Badge of Honor trails. The plan is to address the automaker’s future plans with electrification. You can read more about that (here).

Salida, Colorado sits about two hours east of Pueblo, CO and is surrounded by a variety of mountains, trails, and rivers. It’s also near Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, which is a popular adventure destination. The activities include whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing, hiking and camping.

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The agreement with Rivian was just signed.

“Following the approval by City Council in January, the City signed an agreement with Rivian. an electric vehicle manufacturer. to lease City property at 232 G Street for the installation of new electric vehicle charging stations. Rivian is building a network of EV charging stations throughout the United States as it prepares for the first deliveries of its R1T pickup truck and R1S sport utility vehicle, and Salida will be one of its destinations.”

Salida, Colorado – City Council

You can read the whole Salida, Colorado City Council statement (here).

Here is what we expect from those DC charges – based on reports.

The DC chargers will consist of a separate power cabinet and individual DC dispensers with CCS Combo 1 plugs (SAE J1772 Combo). The output voltage is 200-920 V. The maximum current is expected to be 500 Amps.

The power output will be up to 300 kW (both peak and continuous). The output voltage is 200-920 V. The maximum current is 500 A, while the efficiency at full power is above 94% thanks to silicon carbide power electronics.

Regarding their network:

“The network pairs with your vehicle to help you get to your destination by automatically routing you through any needed charging stops along the way. Beyond our own network, we are also integrating with other nationwide CCS networks to ensure charging is always easily accessible — also available from your navigation.” – Rivian

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