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AT&T to buy Rivian vans and trucks for fleet use

A Rivian electric commercial delivery van with AT&T paint scheme
A mockup of AT&T's proposed use of Rivian electric delivery vans for the AT&T fleet.

Rivian and AT&T have announced Rivian’s first sale of electric vans to a company other than Amazon.

Rivian announced earlier this year it would end its exclusive agreement with Amazon and begin selling to other businesses.

“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 U.S. comes from commercial vans, so it’s imperative we do all we can as soon as possible to help cut emissions,” said Dagan Mishoulam, vice president for strategy and fleet at Rivian.

AT&T said it also willl buy some of Rivian’s R1T pickup trucks as it tries to move toward hybrid and electric vehicles in its fleet.

“We’re very much looking forward to expanding our relationship with AT&T to help them achieve their climate goals,” said Mishoulam.

AT&T has declined to specify financial terms or the number of vehicles Rivian will deliver. It is a pilot project that will begin next year.

“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, senior vice president at AT&T Connected Solutions.

AT&T exclusively provides connectivity for Rivian vehicles, allowing over-the-air software updates.

AT&T said its emission reduction strategy includes switching to hybrid and electric vehicles, reducing its fleet size, and using AI to make its fleet more efficient and help optimize its routes.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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