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Scherer Hails Historic Electric Vehicle Part Manufacturing Grant

Rep. Sue Scherer

DECATUR, Ill. – State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is announcing a $21 million grant that will make Decatur a manufacturing hub for component parts for electric vehicles. The grant will fund a public-private partnership between the City of Decatur, Richland Community College and T/CCI Manufacturing in Decatur.

“When we passed the Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act and the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act last year, we made a commitment to protect the environment and solidify Illinois’ leading role in the clean energy economy,” Scherer said. “This historic grant, likely the largest Decatur has ever seen, helps us keep that commitment, create jobs and move Illinois forward.”

The grant will be split between our partners, the City of Decatur, Richland Community College and T/CCI, as they work to manufacturer air conditioning compressors for electric vehicles. More than $15 million was awarded to Richland Community College to build a state-of-the-art wind tunnel to test the air conditioning compressors. This wind tunnel will be one of the only of its kind in the country. The remaining funds will be awarded to the City of Decatur for infrastructure improvements to support T/CCI.

“I have been a champion of this cause for many years and I am overjoyed to see this achievement come to fruition,” said Scherer. “Thank you to Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state Sen. Doris Turner for working with me on this important project.”

Scherer represents areas of Sangamon, Macon and Christian counties. For more information, please contact her full time constituent service office at 217-877-9636 or


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