Rivian Issues OTA With Tesla Supercharger Location Features

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

As part of a deal with the White House, Tesla agreed to open part of its expansive, exclusive charging network to owners of other EV brands. The automaker made good on that promise a few weeks ago, opening a new world of possibilities for owners tired of searching for a charger in vain. Rivian has gone a step further for its owners with a new over-the-air update that adds Supercharger locations to its vehicles’ navigation systems. 

Rivian owners can now search for Supercharger locations that offer Tesla’s “Magic Dock,” which allows other brands to connect to its proprietary chargers. Even so, the Tesla app is still required to connect and charge using a Supercharger.

Along with the handy search tool, Rivian made charging its locations easier. Owners now have access to plug-and-charge on Rivian’s Adventure Network and its Waypoint chargers, enabling convenient charging with little effort.

That said, it’s too early to be excited about charging your Rivian, F-150 Lightning, or other vehicles at a Supercharger. Tesla has only opened a handful of locations, most of which are in New York, and California, the mecca of EVs, only has two. If you’re nearby, you’ll need to download the Tesla app and make sure your car has a CCS connector (most new EVs do) and that your charging port is located where the charging cable can reach. 

[Image: Rivian]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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