Rivian has had a difficult time since starting production in September 2021. The automaker was struggling to make more than one car per day in the early stages of production, and eventually had to cut its delivery guidance for 2022 in half to 25,000 units.
Now it looks like they are also tempering expectations for their network of EV fast chargers known as the Rivian Adventure Network.
When the network was first announced in March 2021, Rivian said it would have over 3,500 DC fast chargers at approximately 600 locations in Canada and the US. The company also set an ambitious timeline to have the network completed in just under three years by the end of 2023.
Rivian took the first step in that plan by opening the first three locations in Colorado and California this week. However, they also removed all references to the planned completion date from their website this week. (h/t: @pmsyyz)
Rivian hasn’t commented on the change, but it is clear they believe they won’t be able to live up to their original promise of having the network completed by the end of next year.
The Rivian DC fast chargers are currently limited to Rivian vehicles only, despite having a generic CCS connector. It is unclear if they eventually plan to unlock the chargers so that other electric vehicle (EV) owners can plug in and charge their cars, but it would make sense for the company to do so considering how few of their EVs are on the road today.
As of their most recent update at the end of the first quarter, they had delivered less than 2,000 units, many of those going to employees.