Japanese battery technology company Envision AESC has announced that it will invest $2 billion to build a new battery gigafactory in the Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green.
The new plant will cover approximately 3 million square feet, and will produce battery cells and modules for “multiple global automotive manufacturers.” It’s expected to have an annual capacity of around 30 GWh—enough to power around 300,000 EVs.
The state government will provide up to $116.8 million in incentives, as well as a $5-million grant for skills training.
“Envision AESC is making the second-largest economic development investment Kentucky has ever seen,” said Governor Andrew Beshear. “This project will create 2,000 great jobs of the future for residents in the Warren County region. With this investment Envision AESC will generate a 30 GWh site, which increases Kentucky’s production to 116 GWh, making the commonwealth the nation’s top producer of electric vehicle batteries.”
Envision says the new factory will produce next-generation battery cells that offer 30% more energy density than the current generation. The gigafactory will be powered by 100% renewable energy, supplied by onsite generation and purchased locally from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
“The Bowling Green area has an outstanding automotive workforce today, as well as the future pipeline of talent needed,” said Envision AESC US Managing Director Jeff Deaton. “The addition of this new facility will make Kentucky the new gigafactory capital of the US, well positioned to meet the forecasted growth of EVs and attract future investment.”
“Thank you, Envision AESC, for bringing the world’s leading battery technology company to Bowling Green,” said TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash. “Your company’s intention to lead the decarbonization revolution through electric vehicle battery solutions seamlessly aligns with our goal to accelerate electrification for greener, cleaner communities.”
Source: Office of the Governor of Kentucky