Rivian Partners with AT&T for EV Pilot, Enhances Fleet Sustainability
AT&T and Rivian have entered into an agreement, marking a significant step in AT&T’s sustainability efforts.
Under this partnership, AT&T will integrate Rivian electric vehicles (EVs) into its commercial fleet starting in early 2024. This pilot program is part of AT&T’s broader initiative to improve safety, reduce operational costs, and diminish its carbon footprint.
The integration of Rivian Commercial Vans and R1 vehicles into AT&T’s fleet is a strategic move towards fulfilling the company’s pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. AT&T’s commercial fleet is essential in maintaining customer connectivity, and the addition of Rivian EVs represents a crucial development in its electrification journey.
“We’re excited to purchase Rivian EVs for our fleet. This pilot is another important step in our ongoing efforts toward sustainability, reducing our carbon footprint and embracing a cleaner future for our operations. With advanced connectivity and a vision for a sustainable future, Rivian is setting the standard for the evolving demands of modern transportation,” said Hardmon Williams, SVP, AT&T Connected Solutions on Thursday.
AT&T’s sustainability strategy involves optimizing routes, transitioning to hybrid and electric vehicles, and downsizing its fleet. Utilizing artificial intelligence, AT&T has managed to drive 20% fewer miles annually, leading to a reduction of 51 million pounds in emissions.
Furthermore, AT&T has been named the exclusive connectivity provider for all Rivian vehicles across the U.S. and Canada. This collaboration will offer a more intelligent, secure, and connected driving experience. Rivian vehicles, equipped with AT&T connectivity, will benefit from continuous over-the-air software updates, enhancing vehicle features and the overall driving experience.
“We couldn’t be happier to collaborate with AT&T as we work together to help cut emissions and protect our environment. Around a quarter of CO2 emitted in the transportation sector in the US comes from commercial vans, so it’s imperative we do all we can as soon as possible to help cut emissions,” said Dagan Mishoulam, VP, Strategy & Fleet at Rivian.
The Rivian Commercial Van, designed with a focus on safety, sustainability, and cost-efficiency, incorporates features like automatic emergency braking, collision warnings, and 360-degree visibility. Rivian’s proprietary software stack underpins the fleet management system, aiming to increase efficiency and reduce total ownership costs. The company’s electric van first debuted with partner and investor Amazon, while an exclusive partnership was axed this spring allowing Rivian to find more van customers.