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2022 Rivian R1T first drive review: Electric pickup tackles the trail

The age of the all-electric pickup truck is upon us, and the first manufacturer to begin delivering battery-powered trucks to customers is Rivian. The first examples of the R1T pickup started rolling off the assembly line in Normal, Illinois earlier this month. On that very same day, I settled behind the wheel of a 2022 R1T Launch Edition high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to see if Rivian's light-duty electric truck was worth the wait.
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WJBC gets a look inside Rivian and the R1T pickup truck

NORMAL – As customer vehicles start to roll off the production line at Rivian, WJBC got to test drive the R1T pickup truck and we got a look inside the manufacturing facility in Normal. WJBC’s Scott Miller checked out the R1T and got a tour of the plant. Many local...
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Rivian hosts interactive ‘First Mile’ event following launch of customer-ready electric trucks

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Following the launch of its first customer-ready vehicle, electric vehicle maker Rivian is ready to show off its products. On Sunday, Rivian kicked off its “First Mile Tour,” an interactive experience that gave members of the public and media a chance to drive a Rivian R1T, the first fully produced electric truck on the market for consumers to buy.
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Video: WGLT Takes A Rivian R1T For A Test Drive

A Rivian R1T electric pickup descends the rock crawl during the Rivian "First Mile" event at the plant's test track on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Normal. This week, Rivian customers from all over the Midwest are coming to Normal to take their first drive in the company's electric pickup.
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New all-season applicator unveiled at MAGIE

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The new Fendt Rogator 900 Series applicator with adjustable, two-position clearance debuted at the recent Midwest Ag Industries Exposition and Farm Progress Show. The adjustable clearance feature provides year-long nutrient and crop protection versatility for both liquid and dry applications. Pre-plant, post-emergence, mid-season, late-season and post-harvest applications...
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Inside The Rivian Plant: 'It's Like Google And Toyota Had A Baby'

Rivian manufacturing chief Erik Fields started this week’s tour of his massive plant with a fact check. “Rivian is not a startup. We are a true manufacturing OEM,” Fields said. OEM is “original equipment manufacturer”—shorthand for a company that makes stuff. During an hourlong tour of the Normal plant, Fields...
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Scott Miller Given Full Access to Rivian/R1T. 0-60 in 3 seconds.

I am a normal car guy, not a car made in Normal…but your run of the mill car guy. I have owned a GMC Jimmy, Corolla, Celica, Civic and an Element. They were all very nice, new-to-me cars. They got me from point A to point B. I fill up the tank and don’t put much thought into it.
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Watch now: Rivian debuts R1T with First Mile test-drive event in Normal

NORMAL — Rivian customers are getting behind the wheel of the electric vehicle manufacturer's first all-electric pickup truck this week. Preorder holders are traveling to Normal to spend a day out at Rivian's sprawling manufacturing facility in west Normal for the electric vehicle company's "First Mile" tour, celebrating the launch of its inaugural R1T truck.
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2022 Rivian R1T: Choosing the Right Trim

The Rivian R1T is the first in a string of electric pickup trucks coming to market. Production at the Normal, Illinois, plant began in September. But the new R1T already has a significant new challenger: the recently introduced electric Ford F-150 Lightning, which offers more options, a larger platform, and a $40,000 starting price.
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Rivian planning $4.6 million service center near Detroit

BLOOMINGTON — Rivian is opening a $4.6 million service support operations facility in suburban Detroit for vehicle owners. The California-based company, which built out the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal for manufacturing its electric vehicles, is planning the project in Plymouth Charter Township, where it already has operations. The state...
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Rivian's Owner Membership Program Is Seriously Impressive

Rivian is finally producing vehicles at its Normal, Illinois factory. Despite several delays, customers probably ultimately feel it was worth the wait. After all, they'll soon be getting one of the coolest and potentially groundbreaking all-electric trucks on the market right now. The Rivian R1T and R1S have the potential for greatness. Rivals like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Tesla Cybertruck need to be ready for a gunfight. But Rivian understands that owning a Rivian is much more than just driving home a new vehicle and calling it a day, but rather an overall greater experience. Tesla practically wrote the book on this and mainstream OEMs are adapting.
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Normal Council Approves Love's Truck Stop, RV Park On 30-Acre Site

A 30-acre truck stop and travel center should open next year near the junction of interstates 55, 39, and 74, after Monday’s unanimous vote from the Normal Town Council. The Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store will be just off Main Street, north of I-55. The area will include nearly 100 spaces for truck parking, plus a recreational vehicle park able to handle about 60 RVs. Other planned features include a Bojangles chain restaurant, convenience store and a Speedco tire and repair shop.
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Watch now: Normal council unanimously approves Love's truck stop

NORMAL — Construction of a 30 acre gas station and RV park in northwest Normal is set to begin next spring. Love's Travel Stops is planning an expansive new location at the corner of North Main street and Interstate 55 with plenty of amenities and other attractions for travelers, including a dog park, walking paths, and a grilling station.
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Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe Speaks To Team Ahead Of R1T Deliveries

As you're almost certainly aware at this point, the first production Rivian R1T recently rolled off the assembly line in Normal, IL, followed by a long line of other R1Ts. This marked not only the beginning of Rivian's first deliveries but also the first electric pickup trucks delivered on our shores.
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Rivian announces membership plan with complimentary charging and LTE connectivity

With R1T trucks rolling off the assembly line at its factory in Normal, Illinois, Rivian continues to prepare for the official debut of its first EVs later this month. On Thursday, the automaker introduced a membership program that will grant Rivian owners access to complimentary charging at its soon-to-be-built Adventure Network and Waypoints chargers. It also pledged to match every mile Rivian Membership customers drive with energy from renewable resources such as wind and solar, as well as offer unlimited access to 4G LTE connectivity.
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Watch now: Normal to approve Love's Truck stop, buy snow equipment

NORMAL — Town staff could get a new tool for its snow removal arsenal this winter depending on council approval. On Monday the Town Council will consider approving the purchase and installation of snow plows and salt spreading equipment from Koenig Body Equipment Inc. of Peoria onto two of the town's water department dump trucks.
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Flick Fact: What’s celebrating its birthday in Bloomington-Normal?

Question: Can you name what’s 100 years old in Bloomington? (1) stop signs; (2) kindergarten; (3) concrete; (4) mass-produced cars. Answer: All of those are around a century old in B-N, but more specifically, it’s (2) kindergarten. It had a starter program in 1920 and, according to this newspaper’s “How Time Flies” feature, was so successful, they decided to do it full time and for good in 1921. And the rest is history.
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