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General Motors Building 'Battery Innovation' Facility

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Oct. 6, 2021—General Motors is building a new electric vehicle battery facility in Warren, Mich., to help accelerate the development of more efficient and affordable EV batteries.

The 300,000 square-foot facility will be built on GM's Global Technical Center campus, according to the Detroit Free Press, and will be called the Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Center.

"The key to making EVs affordable will be the cell cost in the battery packs," said Ken Morris, GM vice president of electric and autonomous vehicles.

GM plans to develop batteries with max ranges topping 600 miles on a single charge and to cut the cost of development by more than half from what the company currently spends. Engineers at the plant will work on both optimizing battery technology and production methods to reach that goal.

Construction has already started on the plant and should be finished by the end of the third quarter next year. GM did not say specifically how many jobs will be created but said "hundreds" will work at the facility.

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