Rivian is taking a page from other car companies like Renault and Nissan and announced it will use the batteries from its development vehicles and turn them into an energy storage system for solar power in Puerto Rico.
I'm not familiar with the Honnold Foundation, but it's good to see Rivian have an idea for how they can use their old battery packs when they go into production. Especially when Tesla is working on their own battery recycling system.Rivian will use the 135kw packs from its development vehicles as second-life batteries in Adjuntas, a city that was severely impacted by Hurricane Maria in 2017. In the event of future power outages, the microgrid will provide electricity to core businesses. At other times, the system will offset day-to-day electricity bills.
The project is being done in partnership with the Honnold Foundation, founded by pro-climber Alex Honnold, and Casa Pueblo, an Adjuntas-based NGO. The partners will officially announce the project at an event in Denver tomorrow, and it's expected to launch in 2020, around the same time Rivian's first EVs are slated to roll out. If you're wondering why Rivian already has used batteries, Electrek points out that they were likely used for accelerated longevity testing. `