$2.3B Electric Vehicle Battery Plant To Be Built In Spring Hill, TN

Photo: General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra.

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Published April 20, 2021

By Jon Styf [The Center Square contributor] –

In what Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee called the “largest single investment of economic activity in the state’s history,” Ultium Cells announced a $2.3 billion plan Friday to build a 2.8-million-square-foot plant in Spring Hill to build vehicle battery cells.

Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville

Ultium is a joint venture of LG Energy Solution and General Motors, which owns the land where the facility will be built. The plant is expected to employ 1,300 workers.

“Lives will be changed, and our state will become an even stronger leader,” Lee said. “… We hope to be the leader in the country in the automotive industry.”

Construction on the plant will begin immediately, and it is expected to be ready in late 2023.

“We are taking bold steps toward an all-electric future,” General Motors CHair and CEO Mary Barra said.

Friday’s announcement comes after GM announced in October a $2 billion investment in its Spring Hill assembly plant to make it the company’s third electric vehicle assembly plant and first outside of Michigan.

The Cadillac LYRIQ will be the first electric vehicle built at the plant with the release of a production form of the vehicle coming next week, Barra said. The plant will continue to build the Cadillac XT6 and XT5.

Barra said the goal is to move forward and “democratize EV ownership” by making it more affordable to regular consumers.

Public financial incentives related to the battery cell plant have not been announced but will become released in the next 30 days, a Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TDECD) spokesperson said.

TDECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe thanked the Tennessee General Assembly for the economic tools to be competitive, which he said would turn into “the best family-wage jobs.”

“I can promise you, this is a great investment,” Rolfe said. “There is a return-on-investment that we will quickly redeem, and we will enjoy the benefits for decades.”

The Ultium batteries to be built at the plant are large, pouch-like cells that can be stacked horizontally or vertically in the battery pack, allowing for more flexibility in vehicle design. They are estimated to give a 450-mile range on a full charge with 0-60 mph acceleration in 3 seconds.

Tennessee U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty said it wasn’t so long ago when the Spring Hill plant was mostly shuttered before its recent rejuvenation.

“We’ve got a tremendous workforce and the investments that the governor talked about are making a transformative difference here,” Hagerty said. “Your investment today not only makes a big difference for Tennessee, but it is strategic beyond belief. We’ve been working very hard, Sen. Blackburn and I, to get our supply chains back on shore.”

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4 thoughts on “$2.3B Electric Vehicle Battery Plant To Be Built In Spring Hill, TN

  • April 21, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    What about small towns, our roads don’t get fixed, restriped, NO JOBS but fast food, nails, biggest employer is the Grocery store. We have to drive a hour or more for medical care, hospitals, dentist.

  • May 2, 2021 at 12:10 am

    We welcome the jobs however, Most Tennesseans, myself included, Do Not want electric cars!! I love my old truck and I would like to be able to pass it on to one of my sons someday!!

  • May 2, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Good Point. I have an old Chevy pickup that I cherish and would like to pass on to one of my sons someday. There are lots of folks who have issues with electric vehicles! We cannot just sweep our current modes of transportation off the world and bring in something new. Governor Lee of all people should understand that. He is a Christian man but he needs to read Genesis 8:22. God promised and Man cannot change God’s promise no matter what he does!

  • June 5, 2021 at 1:14 am

    $1500-$2000 to replace a battery pack in a electric or hybrid car every 100K miles. Rebuild packs are $1200-$1500, new is $1500 and up. Then you’ll have to take it to the stealership and pay them about $120-$150 an hour to do it. And what about planes and jets? You won’t be able to make them electric or ships at sea bringing in imports. No, it’ll be a long time before the technology is around to go all electric. My Dad had a Honda Hybrid, it was a nightmare.


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