It's going to bring EV charging stations to Tennessee state parks.
The mainstream adoption of electric vehicles is picking up pace, with manufacturers like Tesla leading the way, but smaller players are also fighting for their piece of the pie. Rivian is one such company. The US EV manufacturer, which is getting ready to launch its R1T Truck and R1S SUV, has been facing its fair share of issues in the past couple of years but is powering along. In May, the company announced that it was targeting a $70 billion IPO after substantial investments by Ford and Amazon, and has now teamed up with the Tennessee State Parks department to develop a network of EV charging stations.
The goal of this collaboration is to install charging stations at each of the 56 state parks system-wide, including planned future park upgrades. "Tennessee is at the forefront of innovation and infrastructure development, and we're committed to the future of the automotive industry. This collaboration will support Tennessee jobs and enhance our already unmatched state parks." Governor Bill Lee said.
Rivian will be in charge of the design and installation of the Level 2 chargers. These chargers will provide up to 11.5 kilowatts of power and will be compatible with EVs currently on the road. EV charging at Tennessee State Parks will initially be free, and charging sessions will be able to be tracked via the Rivian App.
"Tennessee's State Parks will be home to some of our very first Rivian Waypoints and at the forefront of our plan to provide accessible EV charging to those adventuring in America's most beautifully preserved environments," said Matt Horton, executive vice president of Energy and Charging Solutions at Rivian. The company will carry out all necessary utility upgrades at no cost to the state and provide maintenance for a ten-year period.
"We are very excited for this partnership, and for TDEC and Tennessee State Parks' commitment to sustainable travel, ensuring residents and visitors enjoy the state for generations to come. Tennessee offers unsurpassed natural beauty, and we're thrilled this project will bring visitors to state parks, rural communities, and cities," said Mark Ezell, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.