Rivian, the American electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, has appointed Arnhelm Mittelbach as the Plant Manager for its upcoming manufacturing facility in the state of Georgia. Mittelbach, with over two decades of experience in the automotive industry, previously served as Plant Manager for Mercedes-Benz in various global locations. Rivian aims to host a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the facility in early 2024.
The manufacturing plant in Georgia, Rivian's second facility, is currently under construction, and upon completion, it is expected to have a capacity to produce 400,000 electric vehicles (EVs). Rivian initially announced plans for the second factory in December 2021, with construction anticipated to commence in 2022 and production slated to begin by the end of 2024. The company now states that it “expects to hold a formal groundbreaking ceremony in early 2024, with start of vertical construction to begin thereafter.”
Although Rivian provided an update on the progress in Georgia, there is no mention of when the company expects to commence production of the first EVs at the new facility.
Under an agreement with the state of Georgia, Rivian committed to investing $5 billion in the new plant and creating 7,500 jobs, targets expected to be achieved by 2028. In return, the state of Georgia has pledged $1.5 billion in subsidies to support Rivian's expansion efforts.