Rivian Automotive, Inc. and AT&T have announced that they have signed an agreement for AT&T to purchase Rivian electric vehicles (EVs) for AT&T’s fleet through a pilot program aimed at cutting transport emissions.
AT&T expects to begin adding the Rivian Commercial Van and R1 vehicles to its fleet in early 2024 to begin evaluating the various ways these vehicles help improve safety, reduce costs, and cut its carbon footprint.
Piloting EVs from Rivian will allow AT&T to explore new paths in its electrification journey, which is expected to contribute toward the company’s commitment of carbon neutrality by 2035.
AT&T Expected to Reduce Fleet Emissions
AT&T expects to reduce its fleet emissions in support of its carbon-neutral commitment. Its strategy includes optimizing routes, switching to hybrid and EVs, and reducing the overall size of the fleet.
AT&T also uses AI to make its fleet more efficient. Overall, AT&T drives 20% fewer miles each year, reducing emissions by 51 million pounds.
AT&T to Provide Connectivity to Rivian Vehicles
In addition to Rivian collaborating with AT&T to provide fleet vehicles for a pilot, AT&T is the exclusive provider of connectivity to all Rivian vehicles, in the U.S. and Canada, enabling a smarter more connected driving experience.
With AT&T connectivity, Rivian uses over-the-air software updates to consistently improve its vehicles with new features that elevate the driving experience for its customers.
The Rivian Commercial Vans run with Rivian's in-house software stack which underpins the fleet management system, improving efficiency and contributing to a lower total cost of ownership.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet