Last month it was revealed Rivian was seeking to invest as much as $5 billion to build a second manufacturing facility in the US. The project, dubbed Project Tera, would require at least 2,000 acres of land for their latest plant.
New documents seen by Reuterstoday show that Fort Worth, Texas is one city that is interested in landing the huge investment. To do so, the city will offer grants and tax abatements of up to $440 million, similar to the offer made to Tesla to build Giga Texas in Austin.
According to the report, the Fort Worth Rivian factory would include a test track and joint assembly-battery operations.
After the initial plans for Project Tera were revealed, many questioned the decision to open a second plant before Rivian has had a chance to ramp production and iron out any kinks at their first plant in Normal, Illinois.
It looks like Elon Musk agrees. The Tesla CEO took to Twitter on Wednesday to say the company should rethink their plans, citing how difficult it is to mass produce a vehicle while at the same time keeping costs down.
I’d recommend they get their first plant working. It’s insanely difficult to reach volume production at affordable unit cost.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 11, 2021
Rivian was hoping to deliver their first electric R1T pickup trucks earlier this summer, but has delayed that until at least September. Canadian deliveries are still on track for November.