NORMAL — Rivian is ready to show off its wares in the Twin Cities.
The electric car startup that bought the former Mitsubishi Motors North America plant in Normal will display two upcoming vehicles, "technology, plant news and employment opportunities," for the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 on Uptown Circle in Normal.
"You’ll be able to meet Rivian staff and see the R1T pickup and the R1S SUV in person," according to a news release. "You’ll also have a chance to check out the Rivian skateboard technology our vehicles are built on, and get first access to photos of — and news about — progress inside our plant."
Normal Mayor Chris Koos, who said in August he was updated on Rivian's progress at the plant and "happily stunned and energized by what happens there," added only one comment Thursday: "Prepare to be amazed."
The company plans to invest at least $40.5 million in the plant by the end of 2021 and hire at least 1,000 to work there. Hitting those milestones would trigger $49.5 million in state tax credits, a $1 million grant from the town of Normal and a local property tax abatement.
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"We’ll have a temporary storefront displaying Rivian history and plant photos at One Uptown Circle," according to the release. "Normal’s experienced workforce, existing plant infrastructure and beautiful location made the city a natural home for us. We’re excited to build our electric adventure vehicles in collaboration with this community."
Parking for the event will be available in the deck at Uptown Station, which has charging stations for electric vehicles, including Tesla Superchargers.
The R1T and R1S are expected to hit the market in 2020. Rivian also plans to make a vehicle for Ford, which invested $500 million in Rivian this year, and 100,000 electric delivery vans for Amazon, which invested $440 million.
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