It’s almost an obvious next step that electric vehicles, much like mobile phones, may one day be able to transmit power from one to the other. And being one of the most exciting companies in the space, Rivian looks set to reach that point first. In an interview with The Drive, Rivian’s CEO J Scaringe revealed a few upcoming highlights, saying that “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.”
While Scaringe stressed that his EVs were still dealing with the practical limitations of current technology, such as battery chemistry (fast charging speeds are still dictated by cell longevity), aerodynamics and charging infrastructures, it seems just a matter of time. The features add to the list of promises Rivian has made about its vehicles, including 400-mile maximum range.
The Rivian R1T will go into production next year, starting at $69,000 before incentives in the US.