Electric truck and SUV manufacturer Rivian is planning to install DC Fast Chargers at a shopping center just off of I-95 in Belcamp, MD.
According to documents submitted to Harford County, Rivian wants to install six stalls in the north west portion of the parking lot at 1321 Riverside Parkway. An additional three spots will be prepared for future expansion for an eventual total of nine DCFC spots.
The Riverside Shopping Center where the Rivian chargers are planned contains a ShopRite grocery (open 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM), McDonald’s and Waffle House (both open 24 hours), plus Walgreens, Subway, Riverside Pizzeria and Crab Du Jour restaurant.
Part of Rivian Adventure Network
Rivian has said they plan to install more than 3,500 CCS-equipped fast chargers at over 600 sites in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2023. This exclusive network of DC fast chargers will comprise what they call the Rivian Adventure Network that is reported to be open to Rivian owners only.
CCS for Rivian Vehicles
The company has said that their fast chargers “are currently proposed to be exclusively for the use of Rivian vehicles only.” However, the text of a lease agreement in Salida, CO suggests that Rivian reserves the option to open some or all of the fast charger spaces to all electric vehicles. Presumably they would employ some sort of electronic authorization method with their CCS chargers.
No Pull-Through Space For Trailers
Rivian says on their website that they try to select sites to account for vehicles towing trailers. For example, one charging space could be designed for a truck and trailer to park parallel to a curb and allow them to exit the charging spot by pulling forward.
But Rivian also states, “not every site will be able to accommodate a trailer.” Unfortunately, the site in Belcamp doesn’t seem to be designed with a pull-through charging space.
Don’t put this location on the map quite yet. The plans for Belcamp are being reviewed by the Harford County Board of Appeals to consider an exemption to allow Rivian to install charging equipment within the 20 foot building setback prescribed by the county zoning ordinance.
Deliveries for the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck are expected to begin this month. Stay tuned for developments on this and other charging sites coming to the area.
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