How Jeep’s Solar Powered EV Chargers Compare to Rivian’s Adventure Network

how jeep solar powered ev chargers compare to the rivian adventure network

Owning a Jeep has the advantage of being able to drive both on and off the road. To accommodate its drivers who tend to take the road less traveled, Jeep released plans to deploy solar-powered electric vehicle chargers on popular off-road trails. Meanwhile, Rivian, a new favorite in the electric vehicle industry and an expected competitor in the rugged SUV market, is also planning to launch its own charging network for off-road enthusiasts. How do the two compare?

Jeep parent company Stellantis announced in March that the rugged SUV automaker would install charging stations at Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trails to promote the launch of its new 4xe plug-in hybrid.

Since then, we’ve learned more about Jeep’s electrification plans and how the company plans to take on incoming electric competitors like Rivan, which is also targeting the adventure vehicle crowd with its R1T EV pickup truck and R1S electric SUV.

Jeep revealed its first all-electric vehicles earlier this month, along with plans to “become the world leader in zero-emission SUVs.” The automaker will launch four all-electric SUVs in North America and Europe by 2025. Future Jeep electric vehicles will include:

  • Jeep Wagoneer S EV
  • Jeep Recon EV
  • jeep avenger
  • Jeep Wrangler 4xe

However, as Tesla has shown, having a convenient charging network for drivers is essential to alleviate range anxiety and promote greater adoption of electric vehicles. It’s a strategy that most automakers have, for some reason, avoided until recently.

In 2020, Electrek learned that Rivian was working on a charging network called the Adventure Network, which the EV startup later revealed in full. Rivian’s Adventure Network is a series of fast-charging sites along popular routes and trails that allow Rivian EV owners to charge conveniently, just like what Jeep plans. Let’s see how the two compare.

Solar-powered Jeep off-road electric vehicle charger Source: Stellantis

Jeep Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers in front of Rivian Adventure Network

Jeep’s CEO speaking at the Detroit Auto Show said the automaker, in collaboration with Electrify America, has deployed four Level 2 (240V) EV chargers on some of the most popular off-road trails, including in Moab, Utah. , Big Bear, California, and the famous 22-mile Rubicon Trail in Pollock Pines, California.

Electrify America is partnering with the automaker to deploy and operate Jeep-branded EV chargers that will use solar or grid power across the United States. Jeep claims that these are part of the initial 18 to be installed on the “badge of honor” trails.

Jeep owners can use a custom app (from Electrify America) to find chargers and monitor their session.

Although any EV will be able to use the chargers, Jeep 4xe owners will be able to use the chargers for free. According to Electrify America, each solar charger can charge an electric vehicle at a maximum rate of 3.5 kW.

Jeep Off-Road Chargers Rivian Adventure Network
Number of chargers 18 3500
Level Level 2 Level 3
maximum output 3.5kW +200kW
Exclusive? Nope Yes (*see Rivian benchmarks)
app Yes Yes
locations Roads Popular routes, trails and parks

Jeep Off-Road Chargers vs Rivian Adventure Network

Meanwhile, Rivian plans to install more than 3,500 fast chargers (level 3) at all 600 North American sites for its Adventure Network. The EV startup will install chargers on off-road trails, parks and other popular routes.

Rivian launched its first DC fast charging sites in June, starting in Colorado and California. Adventure Network chargers are powered by 100% renewable energy and offer a charging output of over 200 kW.

According to Rivian, the fast chargers will be exclusive to Rivian owners, but they also offer Rivian Waypoints, a series of level 2 chargers designed for any electric vehicle. Owners can find Adventure Network chargers through the Rivian app.

The taking of Electrek

As an electric vehicle enthusiast who also enjoys the occasional off-road drive, these charging networks are essential in promoting the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. As batteries advance, we will be able to drive electric vehicles much farther into the unknown than their gasoline-powered counterparts.

Until then, affordable chargers are essential in both populated and less traveled places.

While Rivian’s Adventure Network is much more advanced and hands-on at this point, at least Jeep is doing something to try and convert its user base to electric.

It’s fun to watch automakers old and new take a page from Tesla’s playbook and build a network that fits the needs of its drivers. Tesla is building a national network of superchargers, while Jeep and Rivian are targeting EV drivers looking to hit the road with convenient chargers to power up.

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