Production Begins: Rivian Electric Truck First To Market

Rivian has passed a significant milestone with the start of commercial production of its R1T electric pickup trucks. A video was posted online early Tuesday apparently showing the first truck rolling off the line at Rivian’s Normal manufacturing plant, with workers gathered around. RJ Scaringe, founder and CEO of the California-based company, tweeted later Tuesday […]

Durbin: Samsung Is Considering B-N For New Battery Plant

NORMAL — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Thursday that Normal is a finalist for a new Samsung battery manufacturing plant that could add thousands of jobs adjacent to Rivian’s facility and cement central Illinois as a Midwestern electric vehicle hub. Rumors about a potential massive economic development project have swirled in Bloomington-Normal for the past […]

Group Seeks More Support For Electric Buses, Trucks

A pro-EV group says more widespread adoption of battery-powered trucks and buses is increasingly cost-attractive and would have an outsized impact on air pollution. The Electrification Coalition recently sent Gov. JB Pritzker a letter asking him to pledge that at least 30% of all new trucks and buses sold in Illinois will be zero-emission vehicles […]

Illinois Auto Dealers Sue Jesse White’s Office, Electric Vehicle Companies

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Automobile Dealers Association has filed a lawsuit against Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, alleging that White is allowing unlicensed, unregulated dealers to operate in Illinois, in violation of state law. At issue in the case is whether automobile manufacturers should be allowed to own and operate their own dealerships […]

News Around Illinois – July 10, 2020

Gov. Pritzker Names New Head Of Unemployment Department Months After Complaints Pile Up Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Thursday named a new director of the agency that manages unemployment claims after the department encountered serious problems dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois Department of Employment Security also started a new approach […]