A Closer Look at Rivian's 12V System and What it Could Offer
Rivian has not made any official statements regarding the 12V system, but it is likely that they will provide more information as time goes on. In the meantime, we can speculate that the 12V system may be able to support a variety of accessories such as radar detectors, scanners, and off-road lights.
The owner’s manual does not provide much information about the 12V system, but there is a power socket under the center console which is always on. This could be used for powering devices like scanners, VHF radios, and ham radios. However, care must be taken to ensure that too many amps are not drawn from this socket or else the vehicle’s DCDC might not turn on and you risk discharging the 12V batteries.
It would also be nice if Rivian provided some sort of customization/settings menu where users could add an on-off light function in the center control panel which controls one or more 12V relays located in the Frunk. This would make it easier to install external lighting systems without having to hardwire them into the car.
Overall, it appears that Rivian is planning to offer access to 12V for aftermarket accessories, although no official statements have been made yet. It will be interesting to see what kind of capabilities they will offer and how powerful their 12V system will be when it comes out. Until then, we can only speculate and hope that our needs will be met.
In the meantime, there are some things that can be done to prepare for 12V accessories. First, make sure you have a good quality power socket installed in your vehicle so that you can easily plug in any device without having to hardwire it into the car. Second, if possible install a DCDC converter which will help regulate and protect your 12V system from overloading or discharging too quickly. Finally, consider investing in an aftermarket wiring harness which will allow you to connect multiple devices at once with minimal effort and risk of damaging the vehicle’s electrical system.
Overall, Rivian has not made any official statements regarding their plans for 12V accessories yet but we can speculate on what they may offer based on what is available now and how other automakers handle similar systems. It would be nice if they provided more customization options such as an easy way to add external lighting systems without having to hardwire them into the car or provide access to powerful relays located in the Frunk area of their vehicles. Until then we must wait patiently until more information becomes available about this exciting new feature!
Has anyone talked to Rivian about access to 12v for aftermarket accessories?
Rivian has teased a winch, so there is hope that the 12V system may be reasonably beefy. As of now that power socket under the dash is always on.
What is the amount of amperage I can expect from the 12-volt system while the vehicle is powered on?
Most accessories have a minimum alternator rating. For example, the Yeti Link requires a minimum of 150amps alternator. However, EVs don’t tend to have alternators, just some kind of transformer to get from high-voltage to 12 volts while the high-volt system is powered on.
Is power for this socket controlled by software or just on when the R1T is "on"?
Power for this socket is always on when the R1T is "on".
Are there any mounts already on the market that might fit that area under the 12V connection well?
There are no known mounts currently available for this area under the 12V connection.
Has anyone seen any confirmations from current owners on good pathways for antenna cabling?
No confirmations from current owners have been seen regarding good pathways for antenna cabling. However, it is possible to route the antenna cable through the firewall and into the cabin.
Is there any way to get power from the 12V system while the vehicle is powered off?
Yes, it is possible to get power from the 12V system while the vehicle is powered off. This can be done by connecting a battery tender or other device that will draw power from the 12V system.
Are there any aftermarket accessories available for the 12V system?
Yes, there are several aftermarket accessories available for the 12V system. These include winches, LED lights, audio systems, and more.
What type of connectors are used for the 12V system?
The 12V system uses standard automotive connectors such as SAE J1772 and Deutsch DT04-2P.
Is it possible to add additional 12V outlets to the R1T?
Yes, it is possible to add additional 12V outlets to the R1T. This can be done by wiring in an additional outlet or using a splitter adapter.
Are there any safety precautions I should take when working with the 12V system?
Yes, there are some safety precautions you should take when working with the 12V system. Make sure you disconnect the negative terminal of your battery before starting work on the 12V system. Additionally, make sure you wear protective gear such as gloves and eye protection when working with electrical components.