Rivian and ‘Free Solo’ star Alex Honnold group adult to build solar microgrid with used EV batteries

Rivian, a once sly association that done a open entrance in Nov with an electric pickup lorry and SUV, skeleton to give a batteries a second life and put them to work in a solar microgrid plan in Puerto Rico.

The automaker is teaming adult with The Honnold Foundation, an classification started by Alex Honnold, a veteran traveller and theme of a documentary Free Solo, on a microgrid project. Honnold and Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe will plead a plan Saturday in Denver. The discussion, that is scheduled for 6 pm MT, will be live-streamed.

The microgrid plan will be set adult in Adjuntas, a city of about 20,000 people in midwestern Puerto Rico that was exceedingly impacted by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Casa Pueblo, an environmental watchdog formed in Adjuntas that has been looking for ways to set adult affordable sources of village power, is also a partner in a project.

Rivian is providing 135 kilowatt-hour battery packs from a growth vehicles to support a microgrid. Earlier this year, battery engineers from Rivian and The Honnold Foundation visited Casa Pueblo and met with village leaders to pattern a site-specific complement that will power many of a businesses located in a Adjuntas city square.

The downtown solar microgrid plan will offer dual purposes. It will give residents entrance to electricity for core business if a primary source of appetite is gone. The microgrid will also be used daily to equivalent a high cost of appetite in Puerto Rico, that is twice a inhabitant normal of a U.S.

The complement is approaching to launch in 2020.

“Second-life batteries are a large enabler to accelerating widespread adoption of renewable energy, and it’s sparkling to prognosticate this complement contributing importantly to a community. This plan allows us to indication a customized appetite storage resolution that takes into comment space constraints, disaster resiliency and appetite independence,” Scaringe said.

The plan outlines a commencement of a company’s long-term skeleton to find a far-reaching accumulation of applications for second-life batteries.

The association designed a pack, procedure and battery government complement to transition from car appetite storage to still appetite storage during a finish of their car life. The procedure itself is thin, a pattern that allows for second-life applications that are space-efficient and customizable.

Rivian is an electric automaker focused on journey vehicles like pickup trucks and competition application vehicles. The association announced in Feb that it had lifted $700 million in a turn led by Amazon.

The association has spent a initial partial of a life handling out of a open eye. It was creatively launched as Mainstream Motors in 2009. By 2011, a name altered to Rivian and changed out of Florida. Today, a association has some-more than 1,000 employees separate between growth locations in Plymouth, Mich., San Jose and Irvine, Calif. and Surrey, England. It also has a 2.6 million-square-foot bureau in Normal, Ill.

Rivian skeleton to launch a R1T electric pickup lorry and a R1S SUV in a U.S. in late 2020, with introduction to other tellurian geographies starting in 2021.