Ultium Cells Expands Spring Hill, Tennessee, Battery Cell Operations
The company will increase battery cell production by more than 40 percent, from 35 gigawatt-hours to 50 GWh. The 2.8-million-square-foot facility will supply General Motors’ Spring Hill assembly plant for production of the Cadillac LYRIQ, the first electric vehicle produced at the plant, and other GM Ultium Platform-based electric vehicles. Production is scheduled to begin in late 2023. The investment is in addition to the $2.3 billion investment announced in April 2021.
“This investment will allow us to provide our customer GM with more battery cells faster and support GM’s aggressive EV launch plan in the coming years. Ultium Cells is taking the appropriate steps to support GM’s plan for more than one million units of EV capacity in North America by mid-decade. We appreciate the support the state of Tennessee, Maury County and Spring Hill has shown Ultium Cells, and that support is playing an important role in making this expansion investment possible in our Spring Hill facility,” Tom Gallagher, vice president of operations, Ultium Cells said.
The Tennessee site joins two other Ultium Cells battery cell manufacturing sites in Ohio and Michigan. The Warren, Ohio, facility began battery cell production in August, and the Lansing Delta Township facility in Michigan is under construction and will begin production in late 2024. Once all three facilities are at full production capacity, Ultium Cells expects to have more than 130 GWh of battery cell capacity in total.
“The increased cell production capacity at Ultium Cells will power more EVs in North America, moving toward a greener future. LG Energy Solution will employ its decades-long experience in battery technology and manufacturing to produce quality products as we demonstrate our reputation as an industry leader delivering unparalleled consumer value,” Charles Oh Young Hyun, president, LG Energy Solution Michigan noted.
Ultium Cells will provide battery cell capacity to support GM’s North American electric vehicle assembly capacity of more than one million units by mid-decade, while supporting GM’s plans to supply other automotive companies and industries including rail, aerospace, heavy trucking and marine customers.
“Tennessee is well-positioned to provide automotive manufacturers and suppliers with the ideal geographical location to support their growth. Ultium Cells’ additional $275 million investment will have a lasting impact on the region for years to come. We are grateful to them, along with General Motors and LG Energy Solution, for their continued commitment to Tennessee, which is a vote of confidence to our state’s skilled workforce and business-friendly climate,” said TNECD Commissioner Stuart McWhorter.
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