General Motors made an unexpected electric-vehicle announcement about building a second battery plant with Korean-based LG Chem. “The addition of our second all-new Ultium battery cell plant in the U.S. with joint venture partner LG Energy Solution is another major step in GM’s transition to an all-electric future,” CEO Mary Barra.
The 2.8 million-square foot facility will go up in Tennessee and will cost about $2.3 billion, creating about 1,300 jobs. The decision to build the plant is another step in GM’s transformation into a serious EV player. The company has committed to spending $27 billion between 2021- 25 to launch 30 EV models around the globe. And it has said it aims to be selling only EVs by 2035.
Getting the batteries to power all those cars isn’t a trivial matter. Batteries are becoming an EV battleground. Morgan Stanley for instance, worries that there might not be enough batteries to meet all auto makers’ EV ambitions as demand increases in coming years. In a recent research report MS stated LG/GM joint venture critical to GM’s success in EVs, partly because it mitigates the risk of battery shortages.
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