Company chief R.J. Scaringe of electric truck maker Rivian has confirmed that the new soon to release electric SUV will be able to charge each other in a feature called “Rivian-to-Rivian” charging. Speaking to The Drive in an interview, Scaringe said
“You’re starting to get into the long tail of use cases, but even there we’ve designed the vehicle so you can have auxiliary battery packs. You can also charge Rivian-to-Rivian, which is a neat thing. You connect the two vehicles and then I could hand you some electrons. That takes us to the limit, and of course you can always find a corner of the world where it won’t work, just like you can’t find a gas station in Antarctica. You won’t be able to find a plug in Antarctica, so there are natural limitations.”
Scaringe didn’t say much on how it would work but we suspect that it should be something like the reverse wireless feature in the Samsung Galaxy S10 or the Huawei P30 Pro where a device can share its battery power wireless to a second device which has wireless charging except I don’t think wireless reverse charging will be practical in this case.
Scaringe’s statement also confirms the auxiliary battery packs feature that Rivian filed a patent for earlier this year. This should offer more mile security encase the 400-mile maximum range isn’t enough.
Rivian will start production of its electric SUVs in 2010 offering first the R1T truck. The spec sheet of these cars is absolutely flagship when it comes to electric vehicles, promising features whose technology will push the envelope of what electric vehicles offer as of now such as battery chemistry, aerodynamics and charging infrastructures.
this technology will likely expand to other electric vehicles. what if you could charge an electric dirt bike with your Rivian truck? That would be neat.
The Rivian R1T will start at $69,000 before incentives in the US and it will go into production next year.