General Motors has announced it will build its third Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing, Michigan, with construction on the facility set to begin this summer.
The new Lansing battery plant represents a $2.8 billion investment from GM and its battery manufacturing partner, LG Energy Solution. GM announced a total of $7 billion in manufacturing investments this week between this new battery plant and the $4 billion investment in its Orion Assembly plant – representing the largest single manufacturing investment the automaker has ever made at one time.
Site preparations at the new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing will begin this summer, with battery cell production scheduled to begin in late 2024. GM says its Ultium Cells Lansing plant will supply battery cells to Orion Assembly and other nearby GM assembly plants, supporting the production of the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV, electric GMC Sierra and GMC Hummer EV Pickup and SUV, among other vehicles.
The Ultium Cells Lansing site is the third Ultium Cells manufacturing site in the U.S. The first of these sites is currently being built in Lordstown, Ohio, while another is being constructed near the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennesee.
GM also said this week it would invest more than $510 million in its Lansing Delta Township and Lansing Grand River Assembly plants to “upgrade their production capabilities for near-term products.” The Lansing Grand River plant currently builds the Chevy Camaro, along with the Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5, while the Delta Township plant produces the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave.
While GM only officially announced the new battery plant on Tuesday, rumors had been swirling about the investment after the automaker received a tax abatement from the city of Lansing back in December. Under the agreement, the 529-acre plot of land the battery plant will be built on will be mostly tax-free for an 18 year period.
The Lansing battery plant will be ready to supply GM plants with battery cells in 2024.