General Motors Building Massive New EV Battery Factory in Tennessee
General Motors is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to an ambitious new goal to scrap gas-powered vehicles from the global automaker’s fleet of offerings.
The company is building a second multibillion-dollar electric vehicle factory, this time in Tennessee, the Detroit Free Press reports. The news comes as GM is prepping a new battery factory set to open in Ohio early next year.
The Tennessee plant is likely to be near Spring Hill, where GM already makes the Cadillac XT5, XT6 and GMC Acadia SUV and plans to build electric vehicles, according to the Free Press’ Jamie LaReau
“GM has said they will build EVs at Spring Hill so it makes sense to build a battery factory there,” Sam Abuelsamid, an analyst at Guidehouse Insights in Detroit, told LaReau. “Batteries are heavy and bulky and there is risk in transporting them, so what we’ll see going forward is battery assembly will be done near where the EVs are being built, within a few hours drive to the assembly plants.”
GM announced in January it will ditch gas cars by 2035, an ambitious move that some observers say could change the auto industry. Swedish automaker Volvo followed weeks later with a pledge to go electric-only by 2030.
The company is working with LG Energy Solutions to build batteries for new electric vehicles. The partnership is not likely to end in Tennessee.
“We’re under discussion to make further investments with GM," Seungse Chang, LG's senior vice president of corporate strategy, told the Free Press. ”To fulfill the EV battery demand in the U.S., LG Energy Solutions is also planning an additional capacity expansion for other global manufacturers located in the U.S. as well."
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