Back in June, GM announced plans to build a fourth major battery plant in the U.S., selecting a site in Indiana for construction. The new facility will be built under a joint venture with Samsung SDI, and will be the first plant built under the new partnership. Now, new details have come to light regarding the forthcoming General Motors-Samsung battery plant in Indiana.
According to the St. Joseph County Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Growth, the new facility will be built on a 680-acre site within the Indiana Enterprise Center. The project site will span roughly 3 million square feet of building space, while substantial completion of the facility is expected by December of the 2027 calendar year.
The facility is expected to create 1,700 new jobs, with a projected investment amounting to $3.5 billion. Notably, the new battery facility is expected to be the largest single investment the county has seen in the last 75 years.
The new General Motors-Samsung battery facility in Indiana will be the automaker’s fourth major U.S. battery plant. GM is already operating a new Ultium Cells plant in Lordstown, Ohio under a joint venture with LG Energy Solution. Two additional Ultium Cells facilities are on the way, including a new facility in Spring Hill, Tennessee set to open next year, and another battery plant in Lansing, Michigan set to open later in 2024. All three facilities will be operated under a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution, with a total investment amounting to over $7 billion.
With the addition of the fourth new battery plant under the joint venture with Samsung SDI, General Motors is expected to have a battery production capacity of 160 gigawatt-hours. When it is fully operational, the new plant in Indiana is estimated to generate over 30 gigawatt-hours of battery production annually.