Charging the Rivian R1S Sport Utility Vehicle

Everything Rivian R1S Drivers Need to Know About Charging an Electric Vehicle

The Rivian R1S is an all-electric, luxury SUV with impressive off-road capabilities. Reviewers compare the battery-powered R1S to upscale gas-engine models like the Range Rover and the Mercedes-Benz G Wagon. The closest competitor among electric vehicles is the spacious Tesla Model X SUV.

The first R1S that goes on sale will be the $75,000 Launch Edition equipped with a 135-kWh battery pack that provides an estimated 316 miles of range. When production of the R1S is in full swing, there will be two other battery options—a smaller, affordable battery granting about 230 miles of range as well as a pricier 400-mile version.

R1S models with the two smaller packs will be available in a five-seat configuration—or as a seven-seater for family duties. However, the big-battery R1S variant will come only as a five-seater.

Like Rivian Automotive’s first vehicle, the R1T pickup truck, the company’s SUV combines comfort, off-road prowess, and sportscar-like acceleration and handling. Zero-to-60 acceleration happens in about three seconds when equipped with a high-performance setup. Meanwhile, the all-wheel-drive R1S can rise for 14.9 inches of ground clearance, crawl near-vertical rock grades, and safely wade through three feet of water. Its towing capacity is 7,700 pounds.

For more common daily commuting, the R1S is a comfortable and spacious sport utility vehicle. It boasts a refined interior cabin featuring wood trim, leather seats, and two large touchscreen displays.

Rivian R1S Charging & Range

The Rivian R1S provides a level of driving range that matches or exceeds the best electric vehicles on the market. Even the smallest 230-mile battery pack far exceeds average commute distances of about 40 miles per day. The 135-kWh battery pack, which increases the range to an expected 316 miles, makes the R1S SUV a good choice for long-distance road trips. The monster 180-kilowatt-hour pack offers a class-leading 400 miles of driving between charges.

R1S drivers will use the standard J1772 plug for home charging. A home charging station provides juice to an onboard charger rated at 11.5 kilowatts to add 25 to 30 miles of range in an hour.

To take full advantage of the 11.5-kW onboard charger, drivers should equip their homes with a 48-amp home charging station, such as the JuiceBox 48. The 48-amp JuiceBox is well suited to charging the R1S because it allows drivers to fully charge the 230-mile R1S version from empty to full in a nine-hour overnight session.

Given typical daily driving distances, most R1S owners will only need to top up the battery pack for an hour or two every night. The big-battery, 400-mile R1S—if completely depleted—will take longer to fully recharge, about 16 hours using a 240-volt supply of home power.

The Rivian app and dashboard display allow drivers to monitor the R1S’s charging status in real-time. Rivian owners who lack access to a home charging station can utilize a charging network of about 10,000 public Level 2 “Rivian Waypoint” chargers near shops, restaurants, hotels, and parks.

Rivian R1S Charging Times

Model Year


Max Charge Rate

11.5 kW
11.5 kW
11.5 kW

Battery Size

105 kWh
135 kWh
180 kWh

Charge Time on Level 1

~2.5 days
~3 days
~4 days
Charge Time with JuiceBox 48
9 hrs
12 hrs
16 hrs

All Electric Range

230 miles
300 miles
400 miles

Level 3 DC fast charging: Rivian Adventure Network

Rivian’s corporate mission is to “keep the world adventurous forever.” To support this goal, Rivian created a nationwide network of DC fast chargers where drivers can add up to 140 miles range in only 20 minutes. Families taking road trips with the R1S will commonly finish a charging session before the group has finished eating a meal or stretching legs.

The so-called Rivian Adventure Network uses strategically placed DC public fast chargers to connect popular adventure destinations—such as Los Angeles to Tahoe and Manhattan to the Adirondacks. The network is expected to reach 600 sites by the end of 2023.

These locations will provide easy “automatic” charging. Drivers simply pull up and plug in—similar to how Tesla Superchargers work. The Rivian R1T’s dashboard navigation will guide drivers to stations. Initially, the charging rate at Adventure Network chargers will be 200 kilowatts, the fast speed allows 140 miles of added range in 20 minutes. However, Rivian is planning to increase the rate to 300 kW in the future for even faster pit stops on all-electric adventures.

Rivian R1S EV Charging Stations

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JuiceBox Benefits for Rivian R1S Drivers

Standard 240V outlet

Rivian R1S owners and most other EV drivers can easily utilize the same charger with the standard J1772 connector.

High power charging

The JuiceBox 48 (11.5 kW) provides the power you need to quickly charge your R1S and future-proofs your home charging for other EVs.

Reduce power, if your circuitry is limited

With JuiceBox, you can de-rate the power for charging when circuit breakers have limited capacity. You can also share electric vehicle loads across multiple JuiceBox stations.

Charge using more renewable energy

With JuiceNet Green, all U.S. Rivian R1S drivers can optimize charging for when renewables are high and electricity and energy costs are low.