It's really refreshing to hear an auto OEM taking this long term connected view of how their products use can change and evolve over time. Many seem to consider the battery's second life or recycling as an afterthought. However Rivian have specifically designed their batteries such that they can have the most efficient second life in a stationary energy storage application. The CEO RJ Scaringe says: “The decisions we make as a company absolutely are made from the vantage point of, ‘How do we have the most impact?'”
I love this view. They are looking at how their technology can impact products and sectors beyond their core offering taking a holistic view of their position in a wider transition to a clean energy future.
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“The vehicles are designed so, essentially, the batteries come out of the vehicle and we flip a digital switch and the batteries can then go from storing electrons that are propelling a vehicle to storing electrons that could be powering a house or a business. The pack itself is designed to stack very easily into an enclosure, essentially a shipping container. In smaller applications, you can actually take the top off the pack and inside the pack are what we call modules. These are sized to perfectly fit into a rack, so you can dissect modules as well and use modules as more discretized or smaller energy storage applications.”