Rivian on Wednesday introduced its acquisition of Swedish mapping firm Iternio, the developer of the EV trip-planning app A Higher Routeplanner.
The app, which permits EV drivers to plan routes incorporating charging stops, might be maintained as a standalone characteristic for drivers of all EVs, however its core options might be built-in with Rivian’s in-vehicle navigation system and cellular app, in keeping with an organization press launch.
2023 Rivian R1S
“A Higher Routeplanner leads the way in which in EV journey planning and is a crucial platform for EV adoption,” Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe mentioned in a press release, “which is why it is so necessary for us to maintain the platform open for all.”
Rivian drivers will quickly have A Higher Routeplanner’s options built-in, although. An upcoming software program launch will add the flexibility to plan journeys based mostly on charging networks and vary on arrival, the discharge mentioned. Drivers can even be capable of use the Rivian app to plan a visit from residence and ship the data to their automotive’s navigation system.
2022 Rivian R1S
These options may be added to current autos over the air, and can seemingly be obtainable from the beginning within the Rivian R2, the smaller, less-expensive mannequin that may function the follow-up to the Rivian R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV. Rivian CFO Claire McDonough confirmed this week that the R2 might be revealed in 2024 and can goal a value vary of $40,000-$60,000 because the automaker goals to broaden the market.
Rivian this week additionally confirmed plans to undertake the Tesla cost port, in any other case generally known as the North American Charging Customary (NACS). The automaker didn’t verify when it plans to begin constructing autos with the Tesla connector, or whether or not it can abandon the Mixed Charging Customary (CCS) port, however mentioned entry to the Tesla Supercharger community may occur (seemingly with adapters) as quickly as spring 2024. Now it seems to be like Rivian drivers can have a better time discovering these Supercharger websites.