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Rivian's EV production in Normal jumped sharply from March to June

Ryan Denham / WGLT

The electric automaker Rivian said Wednesday that it produced 4,401 vehicles in Normal between April and June – a 72% increase from the previous three-month period.

Rivian has been working to ramp up production on three vehicles in Normal in the face of global supply-chain problems that have disrupted many automakers. Those supply-chain issues have contributed to delivery delays and led Rivian to set a production target of 25,000 vehicles in 2022 — a number that’s half what the plant could do without supplier issues. (At full steam, the plant is theoretically able to make 150,000 vehicles a year.)

Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe said Wednesday the company remains on track for the 25,000 target. Rivian, which is backed by Amazon and went public in November, has made nearly 8,000 vehicles since production started in September.

“Supply chain and production are ramping!” Scaringe tweeted. “We just announced production of 4,401 vehicles for Q2 bringing our cumulative total since start of production to 7,969 — keeping us on track to reach our year-end goals. Thank you to our team & suppliers.”

Rivian has 5,973 employees in Normal. It’s McLean County’s second-largest employer, behind only State Farm.

Rivian is building a second plant in Georgia.

Ryan Denham is the digital content director for WGLT.