Amazon plans to sign a pledge to meet the goals of the Paris Climate agreement by 2040 and be net carbon neutral 10 years ahead of schedule, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said on Thursday. […]
Bezos said Amazon was placing an order to buy 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian Automotive LLC and to use 100% renewable energy by 2030, up from 40% today. Amazon and Ford Motor Co are among the investors in the EV startup. Amazon will also invest $100 million to restore forests and wetlands.
Cox Automotive recently announced a $350 million investment in the company, which will produce vehicles at its Normal plant.
…Adding… From May of last year…
At a press conference in Springfield, Illinois Governor Rauner Bruce Rauner fired off harsh words at automotive startup Rivian.
“That plant should have well over 1,000 people today. And that plant should have brought hundreds of millions of dollars today,” said Rauner, in response to a reporter’s question.
Contradictory to Rauner’s comments, Rivian appears ahead of schedule to employ 400 people across the country by the end of the year. The company is also ahead of their employment objectives at the facility in Normal. AdaptBN learned last week that Rivian already employs north of 325 people across the country and is still on track for production in 2020.
This isn’t the first time Rauner has made confusing statements surrounding Rivian’s involvement in the state. In an interview earlier this year Rauner stated, “No auto company wants to invest in Illinois because of Madigan’s power, because of regulations and the taxes.”