Report: GM scheduling next US battery plant with LG in Tennessee

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General Motors is reportedly making strategies with the South Korean battery supplier LG Chem for a next joint U.S. battery plant—this one particular in Tennessee. 

According to Reuters, confirming multiple resources common with the programs on Wednesday, the $2.3 billion manufacturing unit probably getting declared Friday would be in Spring Hill. That is in close proximity to the previous Saturn facility that’s owing to get started creating the Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV in 2022. 

Tennessee isn’t a new proposition for the battery provider. It experienced the condition on its shortlist in 2019, when it was contemplating a next U.S. manufacturing site—after a scaled-down a person in Holland, Michigan that has provided cells for the Chevy Bolt EV considering that 2019. That new web page finished up currently being in Lordstown, Ohio, which is dedicated to supply substantial-structure pouch cells for GM’s Ultium battery strategy—due to electric power the impending GMC Hummer EV types commencing later this calendar year and a Chevrolet Silverado EV in 2023. 

2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV

LG Chem has reportedly indicated that it may also establish cylindrical-format cells in the U.S.—perhaps in the new 4680 structure that Tesla is preparing to use in its Cybertruck and Semi, and the Reuters report suggests that the plant “will use a different, a lot more charge-productive battery chemistry” than the just one being created at Lordstown.

That isn’t going to observe what GM has previously said, assuring that it options to use the exact same NMCA (nickel cobalt manganese aluminum) chemistry on most or all of its automobiles for the next handful of many years to help attain charge targets—until lithium-metal cells may well find the money for broad advancements in electrical power density. 

GM Ultium battery - cell stacking

GM Ultium battery – mobile stacking

Lordstown Motors has currently verified that it will use LG Chem cylindrical cells, in the 2170 structure Tesla now takes advantage of for the Model 3 and Design Y, for its Stamina electric truck that is owing to ramp up this tumble. It’s not yet distinct the place all those cells will be sourced from, and the Reuters report doesn’t verify if this will also be termed component of the Ultium Cells LLC joint venture. 

GM declined to situation a comment, referring to it as rumor and speculation, but mentioned that the two corporations have by now verified they are “checking out the feasibility of a next U.S. battery mobile plant.”

We’re adhering to this tale as it evolves and will update if we listen to again from LG Energy Resolution. 

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