The new Ultium Cells battery production facility is currently under construction on a 158-acre plot of land in Lordstown, Ohio. When it’s completed, the plant will be roughly equivalent to some 30 football fields in terms of size, with an annual capacity of more than 30 gigawatt-hours, plus room for expansion.
Built through a strategic partnership between General Motors and South Korean chemicals company LG Chem, the new Ultium Cells facility will cost about $2.3 billion to construct. GM and LG Chem hold equal ownership of the facility. The 158-acre plot of land on which the facility is being built was purchased last year for $5.1 million. GM originally sold the land following its 2009 bankruptcy. Construction of the new battery plant began in May of this year.
With General Motors committing to “at least” 20 new all-electric vehicles by the 2023 calendar year, the new Ultium Cells facility will mass-produce the batteries used to power GM’s deluge of new EVs. The automaker says that once it is up and running at full capacity, the Ultium Cells facility is expected to dive cell costs below $100 per kWh.
This year, General Motors has made significant strides towards ushering in its stated goal of an all-electric future. Back in March, the automaker introduced the new Ultium battery technology at the EV Day press event in Michigan. Then in August, GM unveiled the Cadillac Lyriq EV show car, a near-production ready concept previewing Caddy’s up-and-coming luxury crossover.
Additionally, GM debuted the GMC Hummer EV pickup truck just last month, reintroducing the Hummer nameplate as an all-new battery-driven utility vehicle.
Both the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV will feature Ultium battery technology.
Finally, General Motors has invested $2.2 billion into its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant for retooling and upgrades, transforming the facility into GM’s first dedicated electric vehicle plant. The facility has since been renamed “Factory Zero.” Another $2 billion is being invested to build EVs at the GM Spring Hill assembly plant in Tennessee.