General Motors has partnered with South Korean chemical giant LG Chem to build a new battery cell production facility in Lordstown, Ohio. Built under a GM-LG Chem joint venture dubbed Ultium Cells LLC, construction of the new facility is progressing nicely, as evidenced in a new video recently posted online.
The video comes to us from YouTuber Ray Noneya, who visited the Ultium Cells facility with their drone to capture some fresh aerial shots of the construction progress. The video is a little under six minutes long, and shows the vast size of the facility, as well as the layout and some of the construction equipment used to build it.
The Ultium Cells facility will mass-produce new battery cells for a range of electric vehicles, with cell sizes ranging between 50 kWh and 200 kWh. Range per charge is expected to extend up to 400 miles. In addition to providing the juice for new General Motors electric vehicles, the cells will be used in future Honda electric vehicles as well. By the time it’s up and running at full capacity next year, the plant will have an annual capacity of more than 30 gigawatt-hours.
Construction of the Ultium Cells plant followed a $2.3 billion investment split between General Motors and LG Chem, and the facility spanning roughly 3 million square feet and employing some 1,100 workers. The facility sits on a 158-acre plot of land located off Tod Avenue. General Motors previously owned the plot, but sold it following its bankruptcy in 2009, then repurchased the land last year for $5.1 million. Construction started last April.
Some of the GM vehicles slated to equip the new Ultium Cells batteries include the Cadillac Lyriq crossover, the GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV, the new all-electric Chevy Silverado, and the Cruise Origin self-driving autonomous taxi.