Georgia might be dwelling to Hyundai’s first devoted EV plant and battery manufacturing facility in the US, the corporate introduced Friday.
Hyundai is investing nearly $5.5 billion into the EV plant in Bryan County, Georgia, creating 8,100 new jobs.
The plant expects to achieve a capability of 300,000 models a yr when it begins business manufacturing within the first half of 2025. The power plans to interrupt floor early subsequent yr.
Hyundai mentioned the battery manufacturing facility might be launched with a “strategic partnership,” particulars of which might be introduced at a later date. It is going to additionally announce which auto fashions might be produced on the plant later.
“Via the battery manufacturing facility, the Group additionally goals to determine a secure provide chain and construct a wholesome EV ecosystem within the U.S.,” Hyundai mentioned in an announcement.
The plant will take up nearly 3,000 acres in Bryan County, which is positioned roughly 30 miles from the Port of Savannah. Kia’s manufacturing hub is already in West Level, Georgia, about 275 miles away. Hyundai mentioned it selected Georgia due to its “speed-to-market, gifted workforce, in addition to present community.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp attended the official signing ceremony in Bryan County, together with executives from the corporate.
“The U.S. has at all times held an essential place within the Group’s world technique, and we’re excited to companion with the State of Georgia to realize our shared aim of electrified mobility and sustainability within the U.S.,” Hyundai Motor Group Govt Chair Euisun Chung mentioned in an announcement.
Hyundai introduced in 2021 that it was investing $7.4 billion to foster innovation in US mobility, which included manufacturing of EVs, over the following 4 years. The corporate needs to be a prime three EV supplier within the nation by 2026, it mentioned in a launch.
Google search curiosity for electrical automobiles reached a document excessive within the US in March, as gasoline costs sky rocketed, although it doesn’t imply shoppers are literally shopping for them. However Volkswagen has already bought out of electrical automobiles in key markets this yr, reflecting each hovering demand and provide chain constraints.
And the plant will assist obtain President Joe Biden’s aim of constructing the US the world’s main producer of electrical automobiles, proposing final yr to speculate $174 billion within the sector.
– CNN’s Rachel Ramirez and Anna Cooban contributed reporting.