Report: Rivian eyes Texas for site of second electric vehicle plant


NORMAL (WEEK) – A spokesperson for Rivian Automotive said on Wednesday the electric vehicle maker has not made a final decision on the site of a second factory, although published reporters said the company is looking at building a multi-billion dollar plant in Texas.

Bloomberg first reported Rivian plans on investing at least $5 billion to build a factory, codenamed in a document as “Project Tera.” It would produce 200,000 electric vehicles a year and create at least 7.500 jobs by 2027.

The economic development department in Fort Worth, Texas is said to be offering an incentive package including grants and a city tax abatement of as much as $440 million.

Rivian’s senior manager for plant communications, Zach Dietmeier, reiterated in a statement to 25 News that building a second factory has no impact on production plans and employment at the plant in west Normal.

“Rivian is in discussions with multiple locations as part of a competitive process for siting a second manufacturing facility,” said Dietmeier said in the statement.

“This may include Rivian being involved in certain public facing processes at potential locations. Involvement in these processes does not indicate a final decision,” his statement said.

Dietmeier went on to say Rivian still plans to start deliveries in September on vehicles produced in Normal. He said 2,450 people currently work full-time at the Twin-Cities facility, and 7,500 company-wide.

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