Owning a Jeep has the advantage of being able to drive both on-road and off-road. To meet the needs of its drivers who tend to take the roads less traveled, Jeep announced plans to deploy solar-powered electric vehicle chargers on popular off-road trails. Meanwhile, Rivian, a new frontrunner in the EV industry and expected contender in the rugged SUV market, is also planning to launch its own charging network for off-road enthusiasts. How to compare the two?
Jeep parent company Stellantis announced in March that the rugged SUV maker would install charging stations at Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trailheads 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 truck. EV and its R1S electric SUV.
Jeep unveiled its first all-electric vehicles earlier this month, alongside 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 electric vehicles from Jeep will include:
- Jeep Wagoneer S EV
- Jeep Recon EV
- jeep avenger
- Jeep Wrangler 4xe
However, as Tesla has proven, having a convenient charging network for drivers is key to alleviating range anxiety and promoting greater adoption of electric vehicles. It’s a strategy that the majority of automakers, for whatever reason, have avoided until recently.
In 2020, Electrek learned that Rivian was working on a charging network called 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 make it easy for Rivian EV owners to recharge, much like what Jeep provides. Let’s see how the two compare.
Jeep vs. Rivian Adventure Network Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers
The Jeep CEO spoke at the Detroit Auto Show, saying the automaker has, in conjunction with Electrify America, deployed four Level 2 (240V) EV chargers on some of the toughest off-road trails. popular, especially 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 electric vehicle chargers that will use solar power or be grid-connected across the United States. Jeep claims they are among the first 18 to be installed on “Badge of Honor” trails.
Jeep owners can use a custom app (by Electrify America) to find chargers and monitor their session.
While any electric vehicle can 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 EV at a maximum rate of 3.5 kW.
|Jeep Off-Road Loaders||Rivian Adventure Network|
|Number of chargers||18||3,500|
|Level||Level 2||Level 3|
|Exclusive?||Nope||Yes (*see Rivian Waypoints)|
|Pitches||Trails||Popular roads, trails and parks|
Meanwhile, Rivian plans to install more than 3,500 fast chargers (Level 3) at all 600 sites in North America for its Adventure Network. The EV startup will install chargers on off-road trails, parks and other popular routes.
Rivian’s launched its first DC fast-charging sites in June, starting in Colorado and California. Adventure Network chargers are powered by 100% renewable energy and deliver over 200kW charging power.
According to Rivian, the fast chargers will be exclusively for 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.
As an EV enthusiast who also likes to go off-road occasionally, these charging networks are key to promoting the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. As batteries advance, we will be able to drive electric vehicles much further into the unknown than their gas-powered counterparts.
Until then, accessible chargers are essential in populated and less traveled places.
Although Rivian’s Adventure Network is much more advanced and practical at this point, at least Jeep is doing something to try to convert its user base to electric.
It’s funny to see old and start-up automakers take a page from Tesla’s playbook and build a network that meets the needs of its drivers. Tesla is building a nationwide network of superchargers, while Jeep and Rivian are targeting EV drivers looking to get off the road with convenient chargers to charge up.
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