A nascent electric vehicle manufacturing hub is taking shape along Interstate 55, where Rivian will start making trucks next month in Normal...
With two assembly plants and a leading research facility, Illinois has positioned itself to become a center of the technology transforming the automotive industry. As automakers move to replace internal combustion engines with electric powertrains over the next decade or two, states are racing to stake their claims to electric vehicle manufacturing and the jobs it will create.
Illinois already has more than 5,000 workers in the electric transportation industry—about 3,500 of them in the Chicago area, according to a study last month commissioned by the trade group Advanced Energy Economy. The study, which was completed before the Lion announcement, predicts the work force will nearly double by 2024 to 9,500 workers.
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