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Peek at the progress of GM's new battery factory in Lordstown, Ohio

Construction on the Ultium Cells factory is underway.

Photo courtesy of General MOtors

Ultium Cells LLC, a subsidiary of General Motors, is inching closer to bringing its plant in Lordstown, Ohio online. The nearly 3 million-square-foot battery cell manufacturing facility is part of a joint venture with LG Chem.

As the company readies the plant, they are seeking 1,100 new employees including key positions to execute the set up and launch of battery cell manufacturing. Those key positions are open to applicants now with applications for other positions coming down the line. Job seekers can apply for positions on the Ultium Cells LLC website.

Ultium Battery Lordstown Ohio factory When the factory is complete, it will look like this rendering.Photo courtesy of General Motors

"We are excited to share our vision of an all-electric future as we begin adding members to our highly-technical battery cell manufacturing team," said Thomas Gallagher, plant director, Ultium Cells LLC. "This facility will lead us into a new era of manufacturing and sustainability as we push toward a zero-emissions future. We are very grateful for the Lordstown community's continued support."

The new factory, on the same campus as the old Lordstown Assembly plant and next door to Lordstown Motors HQ is part of a $2.3 billion investment. The new plant is the size of 30 football fields and will have an annual capacity of more than 30 gigawatt hours and room for expansion.

"We want to put everyone in an EV," said Ken Morris, GM vice president of Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs. "The Ultium propulsion system allows us to provide customers with exactly what they want – whether it be a car, truck or SUV. Our joint venture with LG Chem is exciting because we're working together to drive down battery cell costs to accelerate EV adoption."

In addition to supplying batteries for GM's future electric vehicles, the mass-production of battery cells is expected to drive cell costs below $100 per kilowatt-hour at full volume according to GM estimates. This is in part because Ultium batteries are expected to have some of the highest nickel and lowest cobalt content in a large format pouch cell.

The Ultium battery is the power of the new GM vehicle architecture strategy. It will supply energy to the just-introduced GMC Hummer EV and the future Cadillac Lyriq SUV.

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Chevy recently dropped a load of specs and opened orders for the new Silverado EV.

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After months of teases and speculation, Chevrolet took the wraps off its 2024 Silverado EV pickup truck. The long-awaited electric truck lands with impressive range of up to 400 miles, plenty of power, and neat features that improve its ability to do "truck stuff." The $105,000 RST First Edition model sold out in 12 minutes, so we're here to ask the question: Would you line up to buy one?

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV It's all about the screens in the RST First Edition model. Chevrolet

Chevrolet will offer the truck in two trims at launch: A fleet-oriented WT (work truck) model and a consumer-friendly RST First Edition model. Chevy says it will eventually offer a fleet model with 20,000 pounds of max towing capacity. The WT model will launch first with 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque, which adds up to a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds and 1,200 pounds of payload. The RST trim offers a Wide Open Watts (WOW) Mode that bumps power to 664 ponies and 780 pound-feet of torque, which is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds.

The RST model offers advanced features to make daily driving easier for the everyday buyer, including four-wheel steering, automatic adaptive air suspension, a 17-inch touchscreen and 11-inch gauge cluster, a 14-inch head-up display, and Super Cruise with trailering capability. An available onboard generator system can produce up to 10.2kW of power for equipment such as worksite power tools or campsite gear.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Preorders for the $105,000 RST First Edition sold out in just 12 minutes.Chevrolet

Both trucks come exclusively in crew cab format, and will offer an "eTrunk" where the engine bay would be in a traditional truck. The lockable, weatherproof compartment can carry a large suitcase, and adds to the Silverado EV's already impressive interior storage. The RST's center console can swallow more than seven gallons of gear, which is large enough to hold a small lunch cooler, according to Chevy. RST models are also available with GM's excellent Multi-Flex tailgate, but there's a new feature for the electric truck that its gas-powered counterparts don't get: A Multi-Flex Midgate that opens the space between the cab and bed for carrying longer cargo. Using the function won't interfere with use of the back seat, either, so the truck will still carry at least four people.

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The first Hummer EVs are rolling off the line.

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After a year filled with delays and production issues, General Motors has a great reason to celebrate. The first GMC Hummer EV Pickups are rolling off the production line and will be in buyers' driveways soon. The first, VIN 001, was purchased at a Barret-Jackson auction back in March for $2.5 million, but the rest were sold at the EV's asking price, which starts at $110,295.

The Hummer EV comes as Chevrolet announces that orders will open for the Silverado EV in early January, and as Ford readies the F-150 Lightning for production. It also lands just as Rivian is getting its R1T pickups out the door, so we've moved from zero electric pickups to several in the span of just a few months.

GMC HUMMER EV PICKUP | Customer Deliveries Start Now youtu.be

The GMC Hummer EV offers several enticing features that include a four-wheel "CrabWalk" function for diagonal movement around off-road obstacles, adaptive air suspension, a Watts to Freedom (WTF) mode that allows the hefty EV to scoot from 0-60 mph in just three seconds, and Super Cruise, GM's hands-free driving system.

GMC sold out of the Edition 1 Hummer, but reservations for other models are still open. The vehicle is being built at GM's Factory Zero facility in Detroit-Hammtramck, and will be joined by the Silverado EV when its production commences. The plant saw a $2.2 billion renovation to produce EVs and is key to GM's early electrified successes.

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