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More GM battery plants soon to be announced

DETROIT (AP) – The president of General Motors says his company plans to announce more U.S. battery factories later this week.

Mark Reuss gave no details of where the factories would be located or exactly what they would manufacture. The company’s first battery plant is still under construction in Lordstown as part of a joint venture with LG Energy Solutions of South Korea. The new Lordstown plant is expected to open next year and employ 1,100 workers. A second plant was recently announced for Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Company spokesman Jim Cain noted on Monday that GM previously has stated it would build more factories to add battery capacity as electric vehicles grow in sales. GM has set a goal to stop selling internal-combustion passenger vehicles by 2035.

“In the next week we’ll announce some more, and it will be here in the U.S.,” Reuss said of the new battery factories.

The factories would be in addition to two battery cell plants that the company announced in the past two years, both geared to ramp up production as GM rolls out 30 new electric vehicles globally by 20 25, with more than two-thirds sold in North America.

For more on this story, read Tuesday’s print edition.

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