Under Canvas, a company known for providing upscale outdoor accommodations, and Rivian announced a frst-of-its kind partnership between the two brands, with the addition of the electric vehicle maker and automotive technology company’s open-network Waypoints chargers to the upscale, outdoor hospitality brand’s camp locations.
Rivian Waypoints will be available for guest use at Under Canvas Moab and Under Canvas Lake Powell-Grand Staircase in time for the 2022 season. The locations mark Under Canvas as Rivian’s frst hospitality partner. The agreement supports both companies’ missions to make outdoor exploration more accessible and encourage people to adventure responsibly by reducing their carbon footprint while exploring the country’s most iconic national parks and monuments. The Rivian Waypoints chargers are exclusively for guest use during months of operation, and operational for all electric vehicles.
“The fast-growing adoption of greener vehicles in an effort to reduce carbon emissions made our decision to partner with Rivian to provide charging stations at our camps an obvious choice for both our guests and the environment,” said May Lilley, Chief Marketing Offcer of Under Canvas. “We’re thrilled to be adding another initiative to our efforts to support our mission and core values which include respect for the environment, allowing and supporting more responsible and sustainable adventure. In fact, we’re pleased to share that through Earth Day, guests of Under Canvas Moab or Lake Powell-Grand Staircase who visit and stay with us will enjoy charging their electric vehicles, on us.”
The partnership is designed to have multiple location expansions with both companies on an aggressive growth trajectory as leaders in responsible travel. The addition of Rivian Waypoints is a signifcant effort to reduce carbon emissions and just one initiative that Under Canvas has implemented in its mission to inspire connections with extraordinary places, people and the planet by enhancing access to the outdoors. Pull chain showers, low fow toilets, rechargeable battery pack charging in tents; solar energy use at select locations and a towel reuse program all work to minimize energy and maximize sustainable use. Under Canvas camps are equally designed to minimize disturbance and maximize open space, each with dedicated, undisturbed green spaces. The camps are designed to fow with the natural topography of the land to eliminate unnecessary earthwork. Partnerships with local conservation-based organizations like the Shaw Institute in Maine and International Dark-Sky Association are part of the brand’s commitment.
Likewise, Rivian was founded on the principle of keeping the world adventurous forever. Its electric adventure vehicles, the Rivian R1T and R1S, were built on the premise that exploring our planet’s incredible offerings can be done both comfortably and responsibly – without producing carbon emissions or the use of fossil fuels. To do this, Rivian is complementing the launch of its vehicles with charging solutions like Rivian Waypoints, located where patrons of the outdoors need it most.
Under Canvas guests can charge their EV at their convenience with these Level 2 charging stations designed for an overnight charge. Charging is facilitated by the Rivian app, available for iPhone and Android users, to view and control charging time and pay with ease. In celebration of the launch, from Opening Days on March 3 and 10 respectively, through Earth Day, April 22, guests of Under Canvas Moab and Lake Powell-Grand Staircase with EV’s may access complimentary charging, courtesy of Under Canvas this year.
“Partnering with Under Canvas felt very natural as we both aim to inspire adventure and challenge ourselves to do this in environmentally thoughtful ways,” says Trent Warnke, Senior Director, Energy and Charging Solutions at Rivian. “We look forward to integrating Under Canvas’ extraordinary campsites with our Waypoints charging network – a network that’s planned to have over 10,000 open-network chargers.”