Brownstown Township, Michigan – General Motors is investing US$43 million in its plant in Brownstown Township, Michigan, to manufacture lithium- ion battery packs for the Chevrolet Volt and other extended-range electric vehicles.
It is the first lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. operated by a major automaker. It will create more than 100 jobs and will be part of a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors called GM Subsystem Manufacturing LLC. The plant is being aided with local and state incentives, and Recovery Act funding announced by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The investment includes renovation and lease costs for the facility, new machinery and equipment, and special tooling. With the exception of specialized battery machinery and equipment, GM is reusing equipment from other facilities. Equipment installation is under way and production will start in the fourth quarter of 2010 to support the launch of the Volt.
In June, GM opened a battery lab on its Technical Center campus in Warren, Michigan, which will work closely with the new assembly plant.