EV manufacturing supply chain 'powering investments in Georgia'

by Michael Green
Georgia has 30,000 EVs and 930 public charging stations. Photo: Georgia Power
The US state of Georgia is reaping the rewards of investments from multi-billion-dollar companies, thanks to its expanding electric vehicles "ecosystem”, say power utility chiefs.

Georgia Power said the state is currently home to more than 200 automotive-related facilities contributing $3bn (£2.1bn) annually to Georgia’s economy, including companies involved in the production, recycling, and development of EV batteries.

Nicole Faulk, senior VP of customer strategy and solutions, said the state has a fleet of around 30,000 EVs and 930 public charging stations.


"With more than 116 million EVs on the road expected by 2030, nearly 60% of all passenger vehicle miles around the world will be in an electric vehicle and we are dedicated to partnering with customers, businesses and government entities across the state to ensure they have the latest in charging capabilities and infrastructure,” Faulk said.

Georgia Power said OEMs in the state and throughout the south-eastern US are already shifting their product lines to keep up with the increasing production of EVs.
And the utility is working with state authorities to support the EV needs of OEMs including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Kia and Volkswagen.

Joint venture

Working with the Georgia Public Service Commission, the company has also installed 51 direct current fast chargers in the state and will invest nearly $6m by 2022 in fast-charging infrastructure across Georgia.
Earlier this year, Ford and South Korea’s SK Innovation (SKI) announced they will manufacture next-generation battery cells and arrays in the US as part of a new joint venture – BlueOvalSK.

Meanwhile, SKI subsidiary, SK Battery America, is set to start mass production of lithium-ion EV batteries at its new plant in Georgia in 2022, followed by a second EV battery facility in 2023.

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