WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today took to the Senate floor to highlight the exciting progress in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Illinois. On the Senate floor, Durbin spoke about his recent visit to the Rivian plant in Normal, Illinois, ahead of the manufacturing facility beginning production of its inaugural line of electric trucks, SUVs, and delivery vans. Durbin emphasized that Rivian’s new plant, which was redeveloped from an idle Mitsubishi plant, is a viable blueprint for bringing manufacturing and vehicle infrastructure into the 21st century.
“Last Thursday, I visited a town in central Illinois, called Normal. During my visit, I toured Rivian’s new manufacturing plant, where production will soon begin on brand new electric trucks, SUVs, and delivery vans… Not long ago, Mitsubishi had abandoned this plant, costing thousands of Illinoisans their jobs. But the opposite is true today. By the end of 2021, the plant will hum with the work of more than 2,500 employees producing the next generation of vehicles,” said Durbin. “It’s a manufacturing and jobs boom in Normal, made possible by leaders and investors who refuse to be hamstrung by the past. Folks in this town will tell you: infrastructure is about more than just roads and bridges. For them, it’s taking our transportation sector into the next generation.”
During his speech, Durbin spoke about the state’s heightened efforts to set the stage for an EV revolution in the coming years, positioning Illinois as a leader in EV infrastructure. The EV transportation industry and its surrounding infrastructure currently employs more than 5,000 Illinoisans, and a recent report prepared for Advanced Energy Economy by BW Research Partnership projects electric transportation employment in Illinois will grow to more than 9,500 workers by 2024 – an 83 percent jump in just three years.
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