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Electric Vehicle Manufacturing – Better Georgia

Building on the assets that make the automotive industry successful, Georgia is actively working to develop the EV manufacturing sector at every step of the supply chain, from material processing to battery manufacturing to automotive assembly to battery recycling. In recent years, the state’s business-friendly climate and support for innovation has resulted in investments from a diverse group of companies focused on creating a sustainable future.
In December 2021, Rivian selected Georgia as the location for its $5 billion carbon-conscious EV manufacturing plant. Key factors contributing to the decision included Georgia’s robust infrastructure, environmental impact, renewable energy production, and availability and quality of talent. Construction on the facility, located east of Metro Atlanta, is expected to begin in summer 2022, and the start of production is slated for 2024. The Georgia facility will be capable of producing up to 400,000 vehicles per year once it’s fully operational.
Georgia is also home to SK Innovation, one of the largest EV battery manufacturers in the nation. Since the company’s initial announcement in 2018 the company has already planned expansions, bringing total investment to nearly $2.6 billion. At first, the company’s yearly output will supply 22 GWh of EV battery capacity, which is enough battery capacity for 330,000 electric cars; upon completion of expansion in 2025, the company will have capacity to produce 50 GWh annually.
On December 16, 2021, Governor Brian Kemp announced that electric adventure vehicle manufacturer Rivian Inc. would expand its manufacturing operations with a second U.S. plant in the State of Georgia. The company will invest $5 billion in a carbon-conscious campus in Georgia.
Recent EV Related Investments in Georgia
While electric vehicles reduce the carbon footprint, finding a way to repurpose materials is critical to a truly sustainable future. Recent recruitment efforts have secured the addition of recycling companies to the state, bringing the supply chain full circle.
A lithium-ion battery recycling and engineered materials startup, Ascend Elements (formerlyAscend Elements Battery Resourcers) announced a commercial-scale battery recycling plant that will have the capacity to process the equivalent of 70,000 vehicle batteries per year. Its innovative recycling process will return battery grade lithium, cobalt, and nickel back into the battery supply chain.
AdditioAurubis Metalsnally, Aurubis, one of the leading recyclers of copper, precious metals, and non-ferrous materials worldwide, will open a new recycling plant in Georgia. The recycling technology in the new plant enables complex metal-bearing recycling materials to be processed and returned to the material cycle. This new facility will be the very first of its kind in the U.S.
Georgia’s existing transportation companies are also expanding with sustainability goals in mind. Many companies already have, or are expanding capabilities to include, e-mobility products into their production line. For years the state has been the leading manufacturing center for golf carts, and Blue Bird, the school bus manufacturer, introduced its all electric bus in 2018. The spirit of innovation has flourished across industry sectors. In 2021, Solvay, a world leader in high-performance Specialty Polymers, launched a high-performance thermoplastic that can withstand the high-voltage systems in electric vehicles.
Georgia leads the Southeast for the number of EV registrations per 1,000 registered automobiles. To support these drivers, and encourage increased adoption, Georgia is constantly developing access to publicly available EV charging stations. Currently the state offers more than 1,500 public EV charging stations, boasting more than 3,770 individual outlets, equating to more outlets per capita than anywhere else in the Southeast. View map of charging station locations.
Georgia has a proven record of investing early in resources, infrastructure, and job skills needed to support the future of manufacturing. In keeping with this tradition, the Georgia Electric Mobility and Innovation Alliance was created to grow the electric mobility ecosystem in the state and strengthen Georgia’s position in electrification-related manufacturing and innovation. Led by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the alliance includes partners from the private and public sectors, government, electric utilities, education, nonprofits, and other stakeholders. Read more about Georgia’s mobility sector.
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