As GM Authority covered last week, production of GM Ultium batteries at the GM Ultium Cells LLC plant in Ohio was temporarily halted due to an issue with emissions equipment. Now, production at the Ohio-based plant appears to be back on track.
GM Ultium battery production at the Ultium Cells LLC plant in Ohio has resumed back to normal levels. Notably, it appears as though the actual downtime was minimal.
“Ultium Cells has worked in collaboration with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and resumed production of the degas process,” an Ultium Cells spokesperson stated in a prepared statement. “The only downtime events we have experienced is a result of normal maintenance activity of our equipment.”
As a reminder, the Ultium Cells plant – a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution – voluntarily ceased production last week while it evaluated its air quality systems. Following the initial announcement, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had no involvement, but did have four other investigations related to air quality inside the plant.
The agency “is working with the company to ensure that they are addressing air quality issues related to potential employee exposures. We currently have an active inspection ongoing related to this,” according to OSHA spokesperson Scott Allen, who provided comments upon the initial closure of the plant.
As indicated above, the downtime in production seems to be quite minimal. This is extremely fortunate for General Motors, as the Detroit-based automaker is set to kick off production of the all-electric 2024 Chevy Silverado EV pickup truck at the GM Factory Zero plant (née GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant) very soon. Looking forward, the upcoming Chevy Blazer EV and Chevy Equinox EV crossovers are scheduled to enter production soon as well, meaning that there will be an increased demand for battery packs for GM electric vehicles.