This is what it means to one-up Tesla.
We reported late last year about Rivian's plan to build something Tesla currently lacks. The Rivian Adventure Network is a charging infrastructure for the R1T and R1S off-roaders at key locations in the US where outdoor adventurers love to go. Mountain biking and hiking trails, kayaking spots, and rock climbing crags are just a few examples. Tesla may have its impressive Supercharging Network, but Rivian wants customers to go well beyond the pavement.
According to Rivian Forums, the first waypoint chargers have been spotted at Under Canvas, Utah, just north of Moab. These level 2 chargers with a 240-volt electric supply are expected to be solar-powered.
A full charge will take all night, but this shouldn't be a problem for this particular location because it's for camping. Just get there, pitch a tent, and then park and plug in the vehicle for the night and kick back and relax.
And if you look closely at the included images you'll notice the charging units have written on them they're for "Under Canvas Customers Only". Some will be pleased by this, others won't be. Rivian's new network will also include fast-chargers capable of providing up to 140 miles of range in only 20 minutes. We don't know yet whether non-Rivian owners will have access to the fast chargers and/or some level 2 units.
Rivian hasn't released full details though we expect them fairly soon. Tesla's network, to compare, was previously only for its customers but we learned last month this will be changing. The reason? Because Tesla wants a piece of the $7.5 billion in EV charging infrastructure funding from the US government. It would make sense for Rivian to do the same for the same reason.
Another interesting thing these waypoint chargers are good for is that they probably also power the entire campsite. Camping is all about simplicity but having access to a consistent electricity source is quite convenient, especially in an emergency situation.