Hyundai Motor Group and SK On to set up EV battery cell plant in the US

The new plant, in Georgia, is expected to start operations in the second half of 2025 with a production capacity of 35 GWh to support the production of 300,000 EVs.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 27 Apr 2023 Views icon4026 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Hyundai Motor Group has announced its plan to set up an electric vehicle (EV) battery cell production joint venture in the US with partner SK On.

In November 2022, the Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SK On to secure EV battery supply for North America. The total investment amount for the joint venture is expected to be approximately US$ 5 billion, with the Group and SK On each holding a 50% stake. 

Through the joint venture, both parties plan to establish an EV battery cell plant in Bartow County, Georgia, close to the Group’s U.S. production facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Kia Georgia and Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America. 

The new plant is expected to start manufacturing battery cells in the second half of 2025 with an annual production capacity of 35 GWh, which is sufficient to support the production of 300,000 EVs. Hyundai Mobis will assemble battery packs using cells from the plant, then supply them to the Group’s U.S. manufacturing facilities for production of Hyundai, Kia and Genesis EV models. 

The joint venture further accelerates the Group’s electrification efforts and bolsters its position as an EV leader in the U.S. market with a stable battery supply to support the production of highly competitive EV models. 

SK On has been a strategic partner for the Group and both have been working together on the production of EV models, such as Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60.


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