According to local Lordstown publication Tribune Chronicle, GM began grading land at the site where the $2.3 billion battery plant will be built on Wednesday. The automaker was awaiting the correct permits to start work on the battery plant and was granted them this week.
The new plant sits on a 158-acre plot of land located just off of Tod Avenue in Lordstown. The automaker had previously owned the plot of land, but sold it in the wake of its 2009 bankruptcy proceedings. It bought the parcel of land back last year for $5.1 million.
Tribune Chronicle says GM is planning to have the battery plant up and running by January of 2022. The plant will mass-produce battery cells for GM’s future battery-electric vehicles, including the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq. GM and LG Chem will both own the facility through a new, equally owned joint-venture company called GigaPower LLC. The plant is expected to employ around 1,100 people, with line workers represented by the UAW.
“With this investment, Ohio and its highly capable workforce will play a key role in our journey toward a world with zero emissions,” GM CEO Mary Barra said previously. “Combining our manufacturing expertise with LG Chem’s leading battery-cell technology will help accelerate our pursuit of an all-electric future. We look forward to collaborating with LG Chem on future cell technologies that will continue to improve the value we deliver to our customers.”
GM will produce its new Ultium battery packs at the plant, which will range in size from 50 kWh to 200 kWh. The 200 kWh battery pack will enable certain future GM EVs to travel up to 400 miles on a single charge, the automaker claims. The Ultium batteries will also be used in future Honda electric vehicles, with GM and Honda set to jointly develop the future Honda EVs.
Source: Tribune Chronicle