Rivian scales up factory to make 100,000 electric delivery vans for Amazon

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Preparation for production of 100,000 electric vans for Amazon by Michigan EV maker Rivian is under way at Illinois plant previously owned by Mitsubishi.

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reparation for the production of 100,000 electric vans for US retail giant Amazon by Michigan-based EV maker Rivian is under way at a 250,000 square metre plant previously owned by Mitsubishi.

With 130 staff already on site, old equipment left by Mitsubishi has been demolished ready for re-tooling, as Rivian prepares to go head on into full scale production of the massive order taken from Amazon it announced in September.

The EV maker visited locals at an event in Normal, Illinois where the factory is located, showing off the new blue R1T electric pickup (ute).

In an interview that took place shortly after the event, Rivian’s VP of manufacturing Matt Tall described the goings on at the factory which will be the site of manufacture for the 100,000 delivery vans as well as the hotly anticipated R1T electric ute and R1S SUV.

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