RJ Scaringe gives behind-the-scenes look at Rivian’s factory in Normal, Illinois

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Rivian has released a new video giving us a behind-the-scenes look at how they build the R1T, R1S, and electric delivery vans (EDV) at their factory in Normal, Illinois.

The tour is hosted by CEO RJ Scaringe who walks through different part of the factory and describes the processes that take place at each stage.

We get to see the stamping shop with six large presses that make all of the panels for each of Rivian’s vehicles in-house.

There is also a tour of the two body shops, one for the R1 class of EVs with another for the commercial delivery van. A separate body shop is needed due to the differences in size between the body panels of the two classes of vehicles, and was built using learnings from the R1 body shop.

The paint shop is also featured, showing how their machines are canister-based thereby eliminating the need to purge the system between colour changes. The paint shop also electrostatically coats the skateboard platforms and battery enclosures.

We then get to the see the general assembly and final inspection before the EVs are ready to be delivered to customers.

You can check out the full video below.

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