The plan shows multiple buildings for the factory, offices, and an R&D Center. It also reveals smaller buildings, including a training facility, a delivery center, and an event center. Of course, no car assembly plant is complete without a test track, so Rivian made sure the future plant includes one. As crazy as it may sound, the new Rivian facility will also offer a medical clinic, recreation facilities, restaurant, daycare, hotel, and a health club. Also, the vehicles built here will have to be charged before delivery, so 144 charging poles are planned on-site.
There’s also a so-called “Adventure Trail”, probably an off-road course to test the cars built in Georgia. The allocated real estate is even bigger than the one for the test track. It is only natural for a company that values the off-roading capabilities of its cars. We remember “adventure” is the keyword when it comes to R1S and R1T, both vehicles featuring unique niceties for those looking for an off-grid adventure.
Having such a huge investment before Rivian sorted out the production ramp at its first factory seems unwise. Even Elon Musk cautioned about the plans, but its tweet left Rivian unfazed. Nevertheless, Rivian showed they want to do things differently and maybe they have learned already from Tesla’s experience.