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Rivian electric truck charging goes glamping at Under Canvas resorts

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Plug in your Rivian truck or SUV and enjoy a desert glamping experience at one of two Under Canvas Utah resorts installing the chargers
Plug in your Rivian truck or SUV and enjoy a desert glamping experience at one of two Under Canvas Utah resorts installing the chargers
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The latest Waypoint chargers aren't the Level 3 variants drivers want for a quick charge, but they're good for an overnight charge
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The latest Waypoint chargers aren't the Level 3 variants drivers want for a quick charge, but they're good for an overnight charge
Plug in your Rivian truck or SUV and enjoy a desert glamping experience at one of two Under Canvas Utah resorts installing the chargers
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Plug in your Rivian truck or SUV and enjoy a desert glamping experience at one of two Under Canvas Utah resorts installing the chargers
This charger looks ready to power up the Rivian battery while the driver and passenger enjoy a hike
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This charger looks ready to power up the Rivian battery while the driver and passenger enjoy a hike
Rivian continues expanding its network of Waypoint chargers in partnership with Under Canvas
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Rivian continues expanding its network of Waypoint chargers in partnership with Under Canvas
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Rivian and Under Canvas have teamed up to offer Waypoints charging stations at two of the latter's safari-style glamping resorts. The resorts will expand Rivian's presence in Southern Utah, an always-popular off-road adventure destination. Whether you're driving your R1S for a weeklong stay at one of the properties or stopping overnight ahead of a broader R1T overland trip into red rock country, the chargers will top your rig off.

Under Canvas will offer Waypoints chargers at its Moab and Lake Powell-Grand Staircase locations. While the chargers will only be available to guests, and not just to any Rivian driver rolling through the area, they won't be limited to Rivian owners and will be available to drivers of other EVs.

These latest Waypoints represent Rivian's first team-up with a hospitality partner and are among the 10,000 Waypoints Rivian announced a year ago, including locations spread across Colorado's 42 state parks. Unlike the Rivian-specific Level 3 Adventure Network chargers, the Waypoints are a more general Level 2 AC charger with J1772 connection and up to 11.5-kW charging speeds. Rivian estimates that a Level 2 charger will zap between 16 and 25 miles (26 and 40 km) per hour into its battery pack, so the Waypoints will work as an overnight charging solution, not a quick stop.

Rivian continues expanding its network of Waypoint chargers in partnership with Under Canvas
Rivian continues expanding its network of Waypoint chargers in partnership with Under Canvas

For Under Canvas, the move represents the next step in its mission to encourage a reduction in carbon emissions. The company also strives to install resource-conserving amenities such as low-flow toilets, solar power and pull-chain showers. And while strict conservationists might still take exception, the company designs its resorts to mirror the surrounding topography and promote open, green space within their borders.

Under Canvas resorts seem like they could definitely appeal to Rivian owners, but the R1T is perfectly capable of working as its own camper. Slide in the available electric kitchen; mount up a rooftop tent over the bed; plug a fridge/freezer into the frunk; throw a portable toilet, water jug and other supplies in the bed; and you have both all-terrain transportation and overnight accommodations. This week brought some interesting electric RV concepts, but a properly equipped R1T camper truck remains the best e-RV you can buy in the US.

The latest Waypoint chargers aren't the Level 3 variants drivers want for a quick charge, but they're good for an overnight charge
The latest Waypoint chargers aren't the Level 3 variants drivers want for a quick charge, but they're good for an overnight charge

The Moab and Lake Powell Under Canvas resorts are both scheduled to open in early March, and plans call for the Rivian Waypoint chargers to be ready to go for opening day. As part of the launch, Under Canvas will offer complimentary charging from opening through Earth Day, April 22. After that, guests can pay for charging using the Rivian app.

Sources: Rivian, Under Canvas

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paul314
A little less range anxiety for those folks considering the all-electric campers that have been making news here.
christopher
Sweet. Now all they have to do is start making some cars to go with them. Seriously. This company seems to have adopted the Kickstarter business strategy: deliver awesome public relations and promises for 14 years and counting, chase every distraction that comes along (delivery vans, chargers, desert campouts, ...), but actually *shipping cars* is bottom priority.
guzmanchinky
I love EVs, but I would be hesitant to buy a Rivian. I would not hesitate to buy a Ford Lightning since I can get parts or repairs for it at any Ford dealer, and I know for a fact Ford will be around in 10 years...
Nelson Hyde Chick
guzmanchinky, Ford owns a good portion of Rivian, so those new Lightings will be running on Rivian gear, so go ahead, you will be able to get Rivian parts at Ford dealers.