As part of the plan to accelerate the launch of Ultium-based electric vehicles in China, SAIC-GM has just announced that it will start building the upcoming Dong Yue Ultium Center Factory in the Asian country.
General Motors’ main joint venture in China announced that construction will begin shortly on the new Dong Yue Ultium Center Factory in the city of Yantai, within the same complex where the SAIC-GM Dong Yue plant is currently located. The new plant will expand manufacturing capabilities in that location and further solidify the company’s ambitious all-electric vehicle strategy in the Chinese market.
In particular, the upcoming Dong Yue Ultium Center Factory will become the third dedicated manufacturing center for electric vehicles based on SAIC-GM’s Ultium technology and drive system in China. The facility will follow in the footsteps of the new Shanghai Ultium Center Factory and the recently opened Wuhan Ultium Center Factory, where the all-new Buick Electra E5 and Buick Electra E4 are manufactured for the domestic market in that country.
The automaker has reported that the upcoming Dong Yue Ultium Center Factory is scheduled to be completed and officially start production during the 2025 calendar year, greatly increasing the volume of electric vehicle manufacturing for GM’s three American brands in China. In fact, the Dong Yue Ultium Center is expected to house the production of future high-volume EVs for the second half of the decade.
So far, SAIC-GM has launched three electric vehicles with the Ultium architecture in China, including the Cadillac Lyriq, Buick Electra E5 and Electra E4, with a second Cadillac model arriving before the end of this year. By 2025, the joint venture plans to offer a total of ten domestically produced Ultium electric vehicles focused on various segments and price ranges spanning the Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands.
The upcoming SAIC-GM Dong Yue Ultium Center Factory will begin construction in the coming weeks and will be ready in 2025 to manufacture future electric vehicles, as well as their respective Ultium Battery packs and Ultium Drive motors. The continued increase in EV manufacturing capacity is further cementing SAIC-GM’s leadership position in transforming China’s joint ventures towards an all-electric future.