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AT&T piloting Rivian EVs for fleet electrification

Dec. 19, 2023
AT&T will begin adding Rivian's electric vehicles to the nation's largest private fleet in early 2024.

AT&T plans to add Rivian electric vans and trucks to its commercial vehicle fleet, the utility announced. AT&T said its purchase agreement with the EV OEM includes pilot testing within its fleet in 2024. 

AT&T, No. 1 on the FleetOwner 500: Private Fleet list, expects to add Rivian's commercial vans and R1 vehicles to its fleet in early 2024 to evaluate how these vehicles will improve safety, reduce costs, and cut its carbon footprint.

The companies did not disclose vehicle order figures or financials. AT&T has a commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035.  

"We're excited to purchase Rivian EVs for our fleet," said Hardmon Williams, SVP at AT&T Connected Solutions. "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."

AT&T expects to reduce emissions from its fleet in order to meet its commitment to become  carbon-neutral. 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, helping it drive 20% shorter routes this year, reducing emissions by 51 million lbs.

See also: Amazon adds 5,000th Rivian electric delivery van to U.S. fleet

Additionally, AT&T is the exclusive provider of connectivity to Rivian vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, enabling a smarter, safer, and more connected driving experience. With AT&T connectivity, Rivian uses over-the-air software updates to consistently improve its vehicles with new features that improve the driving experience for its customers.

"We couldn't be happier to collaborate with AT&T as we work together to help cut emissions and protect our environment," said Dagan Mishoulam, VP of strategy and fleet at Rivian. "Around a quarter of CO2 emitted in the transportation sector in the U.S. comes from commercial vans, so it's imperative we do all we can as soon as possible to help cut emissions. Our category-defining vehicles offer some of the most advanced technology in the sector and are continually improved through over-the-air updates. We're very much looking forward to expanding our relationship with AT&T to help them achieve their climate goals."

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