State officials in Michigan are hoping to convince General Motors to build one of its two future battery plants in the state.
Speaking to Automotive News, General Motors President Mark Reuss said the automaker’s home state is “of course,” in the running to receive one of its two new battery plants, although the automaker isn’t expected to make an announcement for another six months or so. Reuss also said Michigan would make sense to receive at least one of the two battery plants, as this would situate the plant near its new Factory Zero EV plant.
“If you look at where our plants are, our regular assembly plants for electric vehicles, there’s a big component of transportation of cells and packs to put into cars that are built in our assembly plants,” Reuss said, as quoted by Automotive News. “So we’d like to lessen that transportation cost. We’ll look at all states and all places that are interested in having it there, though; we will do that from a due diligence standpoint.”
State officials in Michigan are keen to secure a new investment from one of the Detroit Big Three after Ford announced new electric vehicle and battery plants for Kentucky and Tennessee – investments that total $11.4 billion.
GM is currently constructing two new Ultium battery plants in Lordstown, Ohio and Spring Hill, Tennessee and has plans to build two more in the United States in the near future. The Ohio plant is situated near multiple GM plants in the Midwest, while the Spring Hill plant is located near the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant that will build the Cadillac Lyriq crossover.
Battery packs for the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are currently manufactured at two LG facilities in Holland and Hazel Park, Michigan. The Ultium plants in Ohio and Tennessee are operated by a joint venture between GM and LG called Ultium Cells LLC. The two future plants will also be operated by Ultium Cells LLC as GM and LG look to continue their battery manufacturing partnership far into the future.