LG Energy Solution Invests $1.7 Billion In EV Battery Plant Expansion At Holland, Mich., Location
March 31, 2022
by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
March 31, 2022
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation recently announced that LG Energy Solution (LGES) is investing $1.7 billion and creating 1,200 jobs at its current location in Holland, Mich.
LGES’ expansion will quintuple the plant’s capacity to help produce battery components into the future as Michigan’s electric vehicle industry grows.
“Holland Board of Public Works is proud to support the expansion of LG Energy Solution,” said Dave Koster, General Manager for the public power utility in Holland.
“Just as with the original investment almost 12 years ago, we appreciate that LG puts it trust in the reliable, cost-effective power that the HBPW provides. HBPW is dedicated to bringing innovative energy solutions to a robust and diverse primary manufacturing base, comprised of automotive, office furniture, food processing, and automation,” he said.
“LG’s growth in the advanced energy sector will keep Michigan, and specifically the Holland-area at the center of tomorrow’s automotive industry,” Koster said.
As the future of the electric vehicle industry grows, LG Energy Solution said it needs the additional capacity to allow for the production, testing and storage of materials needed for battery manufacturing. The expansion includes the construction of several new facilities on LGES’s existing footprint in Holland.
The state-of-the-art Michigan plant will use the most advanced and efficient battery cell manufacturing processes, the company said. In particular, the facility will manufacture the company’s new long cell design batteries with improved energy density thanks to cutting-edge technologies that allow engineers to more fully utilize the space within the battery pack. The long cell design batteries are expected to advance EV’s driving range and ESS’s energy storage, and at the same time, simplify the overall structure of battery pack.
The LGES expansion announcement comes just two months after GM announced its historic $7 billion investment in the state, which includes up to $2.5 billion to build Ultium Cell LLC’s third U.S. battery cell plant in the public power city of Lansing and Delta Township, a joint venture between GM and LG.