Yes, it is possible to have an off-grid EV charger, which means that the charger is not connected to the electrical grid and instead relies on an alternative source of energy, such as solar power or a small wind turbine (similar to an off-grid vending machine). An off-grid EV charger typically includes a battery storage unit that stores energy generated by the alternative source, allowing the charger to function even when the alternative energy source is not available.
An off-grid EV charger can be useful in remote locations where the electrical grid is not available or in places where the grid is unreliable. It also allows the EV owner to be independent of the grid’s availability and cost of electricity. These types of EV chargers are typically designed to be highly efficient and to minimize energy loss, to ensure that they can operate for long periods of time without needing to be recharged.
It’s important to note that off-grid EV chargers may have limited charging capabilities compared to grid-connected EV chargers. Additionally, the cost of installing an off-grid EV charger can be higher than a grid-connected EV charger, due to the cost of the battery storage unit and other equipment required for an off-grid system.
Are Rivian Adventure Network Chargers Off-Grid?
Rivian is an electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer that produces a line of electric adventure vehicles, such as the R1T pickup truck and the R1S SUV. While Rivian has not announced any off-grid charging solutions specifically for their vehicles, they have announced a network of adventure charging stations that they plan to deploy across North America. These charging stations, known as Rivian Adventure Network (RAN), will provide a high-power fast-charging solution for Rivian vehicles and other electric vehicles.
The RAN stations are designed to be placed in remote locations, such as national parks and trailheads, and will be powered by solar panels and other renewable energy sources. The stations will also include battery storage, which will allow them to operate even when the renewable energy sources are not available. This means that the RAN stations can be considered as “off-grid” in a sense that they are not connected to the electrical grid, but they are still using renewable energy sources.
Rivian plans to deploy more than 700 RAN stations across North America by the end of 2024, with the first stations becoming operational in 2022. This will allow Rivian vehicle owners and other EV drivers to travel to remote locations and enjoy nature without having to worry about range anxiety.