Georgia Primed to Become EV Leader

By pinalice | May 25, 2021, 6:05pm EDT

SK Innovation is building two battery plants northeast of Atlanta, to make batteries for electric vehicles. The first plant was set to start pilot production the first half of the year, and the second was expected to begin mass production in 2023.

The $2.6 billion project, which was announced in November 2018 and broke ground in 2019, promised to create 2,600 jobs while cementing Georgia’s place as the Southeastern U.S. hub for the electric battery and vehicle market.

The battery plant puts Georgia on the forefront of the high-growth electric vehicle industry and opens an array of economic development opportunities for the state and region.

“The plant is another strategic advantage in the electric vehicle sector,” said Catherine Ross, a Georgia Tech professor in the Strategic Energy Institute who researches electric vehicles. “Georgia is primed to become a leader in this industry.”

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