GM is building EV and battery production plants in Michigan

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta January 25, 2022
Updated 2022/01/25 at 11:27 PM

and are building a third factory in the US. The $2.6 billion plant in Lansing, Michigan, will make batteries for GM’s electric vehicles.

Ultium Cells, a joint venture between the companies, wait to create 1,700 manufacturing jobs at the plant, which is expected to open in late 2024. At full production, Ultium expects the plant to have a battery cell capacity of 50 gigawatt-hours and be able to adapt to advances in materials and technology. Construction is underway at other Ultium battery manufacturing sites in Tennessee and Ohio.

Ultium cells can be inside batteries, which allows GM to customize the layout for each vehicle project. Power options range from 50kWh to 200kWh. GM says the Ultium system can deliver a range of 450 miles or more on a single charge and accelerate from zero to 60 MPH in three seconds. The company is designing Ultium-powered EVs with fast charging in mind – most of them will have 400-volt batteries and fast-charging up to 200 kW. The electric trucks, in turn, will have 800-volt batteries with 350 kW charging.

The Ultium factory is part of a new by GM (the company’s largest single outlay to date) at four Michigan locations. The automaker is spending $4 billion to convert a factory in Orion Township, which will become its second U.S. manufacturing site for the Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra.

Conversion work is underway and GM expects to begin manufacturing the electric trucks at the factory in 2024. It expects to keep about 1,000 current jobs and add more than 2,350. Production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV will continue during the transition. The company projects that it will convert half of its North American assembly capacity into EV production by 2030.

GM aims to build more than a million EVs in the US a year by the end of 2025, and today’s investment announcement is a key part of that. The company is also spending more than $510 million to ramp up production at two sites in the Lansing area, one of which is building the next-generation Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave.

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