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SK Innovation ups its EV battery investment in the US to $2.5B
The South Korean company says it plans to make an additional investment in its US battery business. This additional investment will fund the start of construction of a second electric vehicle battery plant in Georgia.
SK Innovation plans to invest a total of USD 2.5 billion in its US battery business to build two plants at its site in Commerce, Georgia, with a combined annual capacity of 21.5 GWh. The South Korean company initially announced a USD 1.67 billion investment at the Georgia site, but the board's decision expands the company's US investment plans to help meet anticipated consumer demand for EVs in the country. SK Innovation broke ground on the first plant at the Georgia site in March 2019 and is expected to begin mass production in 2022. Construction on the second plant is slated to start in July at the same site with mass production to start in 2023. The company has said it could invest as much as USD 5 billion in its U.S. battery business and create as many as 6’000 jobs. "While the global community faces challenging times, SK Innovation believes it is important to continue making strategic investments to drive economic growth and meaningful change," says SK Innovation CEO Jun Kim, in a press release. "With this investment, SK Innovation's battery business will significantly contribute to not only the local Georgia economy but the development of the U.S. EV industry value chain and ecosystem." When both plants are complete in 2023, the Georgia site will join facilities in Europe and Asia to give SK Innovation a projected annual global capacity of 71 GWh.