GM is set to build a fourth major battery plant in the U.S. via a new joint venture with Samsung SDI, with a site in Indiana recently confirmed as the facility location. The facility is GM’s first in partnership with Samsung. Construction of the new facility will kick off in the next year, with production expected to begin in 2026.
Per Automotive News, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb recently confirmed that construction of the new GM Indiana battery plant would begin at a site east of New Carlisle within the next year. The new plant is expected to create 1,700 new jobs in the area, and will generate over 30 gigawatt-hours of battery production capacity annually. Indiana reportedly offered considerable tax exemptions to obtain the new facility.
“This joint venture and the 1,700 people there will help supply cells for millions of all-electric vehicles for customers across North America,” said GM CEO Mary Barra in a joint statement with Governor Holcomb. “The strong support of local and state leaders in Indiana and the combined resources and expertise of GM and Samsung SDI will help us move faster than we could on our own.”
Automotive News reports that GM proposed spending $3.5 billion on the project, citing documents filed with St. Joseph County. St. Joseph County government leaders say that the facility is the largest single investment the county has seen in 75 years.
The new battery plant in Indiana will be the fourth major GM battery production plant in the U.S. GM is already operating a new Ultium Cells plant in Lordstown, Ohio, with a second facility in Spring Hill, Tennessee poised to open later this year, and a third in Lansing, Michigan expected to open in 2024. All three of the Ultium Cells facilities were built in a joint venture between GM and LG Energy Solution with an investment amounting to more than $7 billion. The addition of the fourth GM battery plant in partnership with Samsung will bring GM’s battery production capacity to 160 gigawatt-hours.