In case you missed it, Rivian has been hard at work planning their second manufacturing facility in Georgia. Earlier this week, the site plans were revealed by a member of Rivian Forums, detailing nearly 20 million sq. ft. of buildings, as well as a test track and ‘adventure trail.’
The site will be built on nearly 2,000 acres, which is over five times the size of the automaker’s plant in Normal, Illinois. The facility will be divvied up into 13 separate buildings including an R&D space, training facility, and delivery center. Notably, it will also house 144 exterior chargers for outbound EVs, and zoning designations would allow Rivian to expand their plans further to include recreation facilities, day care, health club services, environmentally-conscious forms of energy production, and more.
These plans are especially exciting as Rivian finds itself on the cusp of bringing the second of two, highly anticipated flagship EVs to market. The Georgia plant was promised to be a US$5 billion hub for EV development and production in 2024.
In an interview with electrek late last year, Rivian revealed that the Georgia plant presents “a key next step” in the automaker’s plans to scale toward higher-capacity production for the future generation of products. “Once ramped, the Georgia facility will be capable of producing up to 400,000 vehicles per year. Construction on the facility is expected to begin in summer 2022, and the start of production is slated for 2024. Site considerations included logistics, environmental impact, renewable energy production, availability and quality of talent and fit with Rivian company culture.”