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Rivian R1T Charging Challenges Highlight Ongoing Hurdles in EV Infrastructure

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In a recent experience shared by a Rivian R1T Max Pack owner on the X platform, the challenges of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure have once again come to the forefront. While advancements in fast charging technology are evident, the discrepancy between advertised charging speeds and real-world outcomes remains a concern for EV enthusiasts.

The owner, using the handle @MissGoElectric, detailed her encounter with a 350kW DC Fast Charger at an Electrify America station. Under what seemed to be ideal conditions, with the Rivian R1T boasting a recently released Max Pack and starting the charging session with just 1% battery remaining, the results were unexpected.

Contrary to the anticipated rapid charging, the owner experienced a peak charging rate of 204 kW at 16% state of charge (SOC), achieving only 20% battery or approximately 80 miles of range within ten minutes. Despite the impressive 180 kWh energy storage capacity of the Max Pack, the charging speed deviated significantly from the advertised 350kW label.

As the charging session progressed, the speed peaked at 183 kW from 30% to 65% SOC but consistently stayed below 150 kW. By the time the SOC reached 67%, the charging rate further dropped to 109 kW, taking 38 minutes to reach a 70% SOC. The subsequent climb to 80% SOC required an additional ten minutes, with the charge rate dipping below 50kW at 85%, estimating a further 1 hour and 8 minutes to reach a full 100%.

It’s essential to note that this challenge is not unique to Rivian, and many other EV automakers face similar issues related to the inconsistency of charging speeds. While electric vehicles, including the R1T, are lauded for their remarkable features and fast charging capabilities, the reality of the charging experience underscores the need for a more consistent solution. The article suggests that, for now, having a reliable home charging option remains crucial for EV owners seeking dependable results, even though it may not replicate the speed of DC Fast Charging.

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