Ultium Cells plans $2 bn EV battery manufacturing plant in Indiana

Ultium Cells

Ultium Cells, the joint venture between General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solution, is considering a site in Indiana for a fourth U.S. battery cell manufacturing plant.

Ultium Cells is developing a business case for a potential large investment that could be located in New Carlisle, Indiana, a spokeswoman for the companies’ joint venture said. Ultium Cells had submitted a tax abatement application that it hopes will be approved later this month.

Ultium Cells will start production at Ultium’s first U.S battery cell plant in Warren, Ohio later this month. The companies announced the $2.3 billion plant in 2019.

The fourth plant is expected to be similar to the three others and have an investment of more than $2 billion, Reuters news report said.

In January, GM and LG announced a $2.6 billion investment to build a new battery cell plant in Lansing, Michigan set to open in late 2024. GM also said then it would spend $4 billion to overhaul and expand an assembly plant near Detroit to build electric pickup trucks and be supplied by the Lansing battery plant.

GM and LG Energy are also building a $2.3 billion plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee set to be completed by the end of 2023.

Last month, the U.S. Energy Department said it would loan Ultium $2.5 billion to finance construction of battery cell manufacturing plants in Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan.

Last month, GM said it signed agreements with LG Chem and Livent to secure key raw materials used in manufacturing batteries for electric vehicles. GM said it was on course to reach its goal of producing 1 million EVs annually in North America by the end of 2025.

In May, Chrysler-parent Stellantis and Samsung SDI said they will invest more than $2.5 billion to build a new joint venture battery plant in Kokomo, Indiana.

Legislation signed by United States President Joe Biden imposes sourcing rules on battery components and critical minerals that take effect Jan. 1 for electric vehicles to be eligible for $7,500 in tax credits.

Joe Biden wants half of all U.S. vehicle production by 2030 to be electric or plug-in electric.