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Report: Michigan to be one of top three EV battery manufacturers by 2030

By: - January 9, 2023 12:31 pm

An electric vehicle charges at a public station, July 2020. | Sarah Vogelsong/States Newsroom

Michigan is slated to be one of the top states in the U.S. to manufacture electric vehicle batteries by 2030, according to a recent report. 

“For generations, Michiganders have stepped up to get the job done by embodying the kind of grit, determination and work ethic needed to keep the world moving forward,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a statement Monday. “As we work to make an electrified future a reality, it’s no surprise that once again, Michigan is being recognized as a leader in shepherding in this new evolution. We’re ready to build on our proud legacy and automotive heritage here in Michigan to once again usher in a greener, more sustainable and electrified future in 2023 and beyond.” 

In a new report from CNBC, Michigan is named one of three states, along with Georgia and Kentucky, poised to “dominate” electric vehicle battery manufacturing.

The report says Michigan, Georgia and Kentucky will be able to manufacture between 97 and 136 gigawatt hours worth of EV batteries per year by 2030. Nationwide, EV battery manufacturing capacity in North America in 2030 is projected to be close to 20 times greater than in 2021, with production capacity capable of supporting 10 to 13 million all-electric vehicles per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

“2022 was a year like no other, as Michigan welcomed transformational investments that further demonstrated our leadership in the mobility industry,” said Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) CEO Quentin L. Messer, Jr. “It should come as no surprise that Michigan is being recognized as a leader and serious competitor as we move toward an electrified future.”

In the past year, top companies have announced historic investments in electric vehicle batteries. General Motors, LG Energy Solution and Ford Motor Company announced multi-billion dollar investments and thousands of new jobs in Michigan manufacturing plants.

Last year, the state attracted over $14 billion in electric vehicle and battery investments and developed programs to train and employ talent in the electric vehicle and mobility sector.

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.

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