The plant will be owned and operated by GM and LG Chem’s joint venture, Ultium Cells LLC. Construction on the 2.8 million-square-foot facility will begin immediately, the company said, with production set to kick off there in late 2023.
“The addition of our second all-new Ultium battery cell plant in the U.S. with our joint venture partner LG Energy Solution is another major step in our transition to an all-electric future,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “The support of the state of Tennessee was an important factor in making this investment in Spring Hill possible and this type of support will be critical moving forward as we continue to take steps to transition our manufacturing footprint to support EV production.”
Once up and running, the new Spring Hill battery facility will supply cells for use in vehicles produced at the nearby Spring Hill Assembly plant. The vehicle production plant will produce the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover. Rumors allege GM will also build a battery-electric Acura crossover on behalf of Honda at the site, which is expected to use GM Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive electric motors, just like the Lyriq.
“This partnership with General Motors will transform Tennessee into another key location for electric vehicle and battery production,” LG Energy Solution CEO Jonghyun Kim added. “It will allow us to build solid and stable U.S-based supply chains that enable everything from research, product development and production to the procurement of raw components. Importantly, I truly believe this coming together transcends a partnership as it marks a defining moment that will reduce emissions and help to accelerate the adoption of EVs.”
GM says the new Spring Hill battery plant will “use the most advanced and efficient battery cell manufacturing processes,” and “will be extremely flexible and able to adapt to ongoing advances in technology and materials.”