Ultium Cells’ second plant delivers first battery to GM

2024.04.03 10:25:01 | 2024.04.03 10:25:33

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Ultium Cells, a joint venture between LG Energy Solution and General Motors, has hit a key milestone as it delivered its first battery produced at its second manufacturing facility to a client. Located in Spring Hill, Tennessee, the plant achieved this feat a mere two and a half years after construction began on the facility. Batteries to be produced at the plant will power GM’s new third-generation electric vehicles, including the Cadillac Lyriq.

The second Ultium Cells factory will strategically expand its operation lines to hit an ultimate production capacity of 50 gigawatt-hours (GWh). This scale of production can power about 600,000 high-performance, all-electric vehicles with a range of more than 500 kilometers per charge.

LG Energy Solution incorporated advanced smart factory systems, encompassing automation, information technology, and intelligence, to maximize production efficiency at the second plant. The introduction of automated manufacturing processes and equipment is expected to significantly accelerate production speeds. The application of cutting-edge quality inspection and product error verification methods at every stage of production is also aimed at maintaining the highest quality standards.

“Both the first and second Ultium Cells plants are the culmination of LG Energy Solution’s extensive experience in operating overseas facilities, our capability to deliver value to customers, and the integration of advanced smart factory systems,” a LG Energy Solution spokesperson said. “We aim to minimize initial operational challenges and maintain stable operations moving forward.”

Ultium Cells started operations at its first plant located in Ohio in November 2022, where it has maintained steady production. The joint venture is also progressing with construction work in Michigan, with its third plant targeted to begin operations in 2025.

By Jung You-jung and Minu Kim

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