The investment by the LGES and GE JV will increase battery production at the Ultium Cells Spring Hill plant by over 40%, from 35GWh to 50GWh

GM and LG ENergy Solution Invest $275 Million to Expand Ultium Cells Spring Hill Plant

Ultium Cells to invest $275m to expand its battery cell manufacturing operations in Tennessee. (Credit: Ultium Cells)

Ultium Cells, a joint venture (JV) of LG Energy Solution (LGES) and General Motors (GM), announced an additional investment of $275m to expand its battery cell manufacturing output in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

The investment will boost battery production at the Ultium Cells Spring Hill plant by over 40%, from 35GWh to 50GWh.

The expansion project is anticipated to generate 400 additional jobs.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said: “As Tennessee continues to lead the automotive industry, we proudly welcome additional investment and job creation from companies around the globe.

“I thank Ultium Cells for investing $275 million in Spring Hill and look forward to new opportunities for Tennesseans across Maury County.”

Ultium Cells announced an investment of $2.3bn in the 2.8 million ft2 facility in April 2021.

The battery cell production at the plant is anticipated to commence in late 2023.

The Tennessee facility joins two other battery cell manufacturing plants of Ultium Cells, which are located in Ohio and Michigan.

The Ultium Cells plant in Warren, Ohio started production of battery cells in August 2022, while the company’s Lansing Delta Township facility in Michigan is currently under construction and is slated to begin production in late 2024.

Once the three battery manufacturing facilities operate at full production capacity later this decade, Ultium Cells expects to have a battery cell capacity of more than 130GWh.

The battery cells produced at Ultium Cells Spring Hill plant will be delivered to General Motors’ assembly plant in Spring Hill for manufacturing Cadillac LYRIQ and other GM Ultium platform-based electric vehicles (EVs).

Ultium Cells operations vice president Tom Gallagher said: “This investment will allow us to provide our customer GM more battery cells faster and support GM’s aggressive EV launch plan in the coming years.

“Ultium Cells is taking the appropriate steps to support GM’s plan for more than one million units of EV capacity in North America by mid-decade.”