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The electric automaker Rivian has brought in another $2.65 billion in a new investment round as it prepares to begin production in Normal.

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Auto insurers and carmakers must overcome corporate secrecy concerns and find a way to collaborate on data-sharing to facilitate the shift to higher levels of autonomous driving.

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An Illinois Commerce Commission member says regulators are ready and willing to work with utilities to smooth out the road toward vehicle electrification.

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Unit 5 schools will receive $1 million in free COVID-19 testing. It's a joint donation from electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian and testing company Reditus Laboratories.

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Don’t be surprised if you see Rivian vehicles—and even founder and CEO R.J. Scaringe—popping up more often around Bloomington-Normal in the coming weeks and months.

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Rivian has leased the Phoenix Investors warehouse in north Normal as part of its ramp-up to production.

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Rivian customers learned more Wednesday about the color and customization options and hands-free driving capability of their new vehicles, which are expected to start hitting the road in about eight months.

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Ameren Illinois says it plans to help build out a network of public electric vehicle charging stations, including some in Rivian’s backyard here in central Illinois.

Elon with the truck
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The friendly rivalry between Tesla and Rivian is not so friendly anymore.

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The electric automaker Rivian has pulled in another $2.5 billion—its largest single investment round to date—as it prepares to begin production in Normal.

Rachael speaks
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Union leaders are calling on local governments to do more to protect workers the next time they offer tax incentive agreements to companies.

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Rivian has submitted plans to the Town of Normal for two building additions that would add nearly 500,000 square feet to its facility as the electric vehicle company prepares to begin production.

Exterior of Rivian plant
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Rivian says it plans to hire up to 40 employees by the end of the year to staff its new customer engagement center in Normal.

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Bloomington-Normal may soon have another insurance company: Rivian.

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Projections made by the Town of Normal’s finance department anticipate a $10.4 million loss in the general fund, but officials say a strong fiscal position entering the pandemic will enable the town to get through the economic downturn.

RJ Scaringe
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Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe said his company will not be seeking the $1 million grant that it was owed from the Town of Normal, saying “the funds would better serve our community by remaining with the municipality."

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UPDATED 5:50 p.m. | The Lincoln Motor Co. said Tuesday it will not proceed with development of a new electric vehicle based on Rivian's skateboard platform, citing "the current environment."

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UPDATED 4:15 p.m. | The electric automaker Rivian will be able to claim its local property-tax breaks after meeting the minimum hiring and plant investment thresholds for the 2019 tax year, officials said.

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The coronavirus pandemic will delay the launch schedule for Rivian’s first electric trucks and SUVs being made in Normal.

Charging station at Rivian plant
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Rivian on Friday became the latest Bloomington-Normal employer to shut down amid the coronavirus.

Rivian plant exterior
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Rivian watchers have known for over three years that the electric automaker planned to invest a lot of money into its Normal manufacturing plant. Now we know how much: $750 million.

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A landscape architect from Queens. A marketing professional in Colorado Springs. A systems engineer from Columbus, Ohio. A cancer scientist near San Diego. An electrical engineer from British Columbia.

Bill Ford and RJ Scaringe
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Rivian is helping Lincoln Motor Company develop its first luxury electric vehicle, the two companies said in a news release issued Wednesday.

Rivian pickup and SUV
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Rivian announced Monday that its owners will be able to use Alexa voice commands to control key vehicle features—the latest collaboration between the electric automaker and Amazon.

Blue Rivian pickup
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Rivian on Monday announced its fourth major investment of 2019—this time $1.3 billion led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price.

Keith Cornille
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Rivian is looking to hire hundreds of workers for its Normal manufacturing plant over the next few years. Heartland Community College wants to be ready to help get them trained.

Exterior of Rivian plant
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Rivian completed or started over $24 million in remodeling, demolition, and construction work inside its Normal manufacturing plant in 2019, Town of Normal building permits show.

Rivian employee works on battery
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An auto services company hopes its $350 million investment in Rivian will help it better understand the value of used batteries after they’re pulled out of electric vehicles.

Elon with the truck
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The electric vehicle world has changed a lot in the year since Rivian revealed its pickup and SUV at the LA Auto Show, with the Detroit automakers and others announcing their own new models.

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The Ecology Action Center saw a drop in collections during this year's household hazardous waste event, but organizers believe a change in the format was successful.

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