The electric automaker wants to "keep adventure wild".
Rivian, the EV startup responsible for the R1S SUV and R1T Truck, has been making headlines recently due to its tumultuous financial situation, but the company finally seems to be in the clear, and can now focus on its main goal: to build environmentally friendly off-road machines.
Rivian's cars might be able to conquer the great outdoors, but the company also wants to preserve biodiversity and fight climate change and has now teamed up with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to electrify the organization's fleet, which operates in major preserves, including sites in Florida, California, and Wyoming. This is so much more practical than just saying that you want to save the planet.
TNC also plans to take advantage of Rivian's Waypoints charging station rollout which has already begun in Tennessee's state parks.
"Rivian vehicles have been developed to enable and inspire a connection with the natural world, and our partnership with The Nature Conservancy allows us to further help protect these wild places we care about," says Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe. "We share a common, deep commitment to safeguard the planet's lands and waters, and we're excited to collaborate alongside an organization with such broad impact in land restoration and conservation."
Rivian vehicles are perfectly suited to the task of patrolling wildlife preserves thanks to their quiet operation and excellent off-road capability.
Rivian and TNC plan to take things further than the simple act of converting park transportation resources to electric power and want to educate park visitors and the community at large about the future of transport, energy, climate issues, and the battle to conserve and restore important natural places.
"Our relationship with Rivian heralds a new kind of partnership, showing how smart, clean technology can work with nature to address the twin crises of climate and biodiversity loss," said Jennifer Morris, CEO of TNC. "It's exciting to imagine the possibilities for tech-enabled conservation, and these vehicles are blazing a trail for the future." Well done, Rivian. Well done indeed.