Rivian will manufacture fleet vehicles for AT&T

In early 2024, AT&T is scheduled to begin taking over the Rivian fleet as part of a new pilot program agreed upon by the two brands. For AT&T, this means reduced transportation emissions and potentially lower maintenance costs. For Rivian, this is a clear sign that it is dealing with its exclusivity Amazon is over and the business in the fleet space could be on the verge of a significant turnaround.

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Although this new agreement does not specify the exact number of vehicles, it indicates a substantial order. AT&T says it plans to use both the Rivian commercial van and its R1 vehicles, including the R1S and R1T. The company believes this move will help it achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.

“We are excited about the purchase Rivian EV for our fleet. This pilot project is another important step in our ongoing efforts to be sustainable, reduce our carbon footprint and embrace a cleaner future for our operations. With advanced connectivity and a vision for a sustainable future, Rivian sets the standard for the evolving demands of modern transportation,” said Hardmon Williams, vice president of AT&T Connected Solutions.

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    Rivian will manufacture fleet vehicles for AT&T

Rivian’s Vice President of Strategy and Fleet, Dagan Mishoulam, said:

“We couldn’t be happier to work with AT&T as we work together to reduce emissions and protect our environment. About a quarter of CO2 emissions in the US transportation sector come from commercial delivery, so it is imperative that we take action to help mitigate these emissions as soon as possible. Our category-defining vehicles offer some of the most advanced technology in the industry and are constantly being improved wireless updates. We look forward to expanding our relationship with AT&T to help them achieve their climate goals.”

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While the deal ends what had been an exclusivity clause between Rivian and Amazon, AT&T was quick to point out that it still remains the exclusive connectivity partner for Rivian. It is this connectivity that allows Rivian to update its vehicles over the air. However, the automaker appears to be in the best position to acquire new fleet customers. If that happens, it could signal a wave of new orders and demand.

This would certainly be another piece of good news for Rivian as it enters a very important new year. In the course of 2024, he intends to demonstrate his insight the new R2 platform and intends to offer it for sale for $40-60,000 from 2025 with deliveries starting the following year. Increasing production between now and then will be a big part of giving Rivian more flexibility.

    Rivian will manufacture fleet vehicles for AT&T