This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a second production facility for Rivian. The new player in the electric car industry just made it official by confirming the construction of a second assembly plant in the state of Georgia.
Rivian, which will invest five billion US dollars in the complex, has managed to secure an estimated 1.5 billion US state investment. The various partners in this second assembly site, namely the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties, the State of Georgia and the American manufacturer, have signed the agreement in order for the project to move forward.
The plant will be located not far from the city of Atlanta, in Stanton Springs North to be more precise. Rivian, which has just started production of its two main vehicles – the R1T and R1S – is already facing strong demand, not to mention the agreement with web giant Amazon for the production of its fully electric vans.
The new facility will be very large. The Electrek site reported that previous plans for the plant advertised 20 million square feet of building space, as well as a track and even an adventure track. Let’s just say that the “adventurous” nature of the brand’s two utility vehicles is a perfect fit for this type of test track. Let’s bet that other vehicles of the same kind are already being considered by the manufacturer.
The new plant will also create no less than 7,500 jobs, at an average salary of $56,000 USD. In addition, Rivian estimates that 7,978 indirect jobs will be added to that number. This agreement between the automaker, the counties and the state of Georgia will expedite the project, which is expected to begin construction in the summer of 2022 for a start of vehicle assembly by 2024. So far, Rivian has not disclosed which model – will there be more than one? – would be assembled at this second site.