General Motors to receive +$200M funding for battery material facility in Canada

The first 2022 GMC HUMMER EV Pickup Edition 1 exits Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. VIN 001 was auctioned in March 2021 at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction for $2.5 million to benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors)

General Motors (GM) and POSCO Chemical will receive funds for a battery materials facility in Quebec, Canada. The federal government of Canada and the Quebec province plan to provide around $110 million each for about $220 million to GM-POSCO’s battery materials facility

Last year, GM and POSCO Chemical announced they were talking with Canada’s federal government and the Quebec province about a new facility in Bécancour. At the time, the companies estimated that the battery facility would be around $400 million. 

GM-POSCO’s Bécancour facility will produce cathode active material (CAM) for the automaker’s Ultium batteries. The Chevrolet Silverado EV, GMC Hummer EV, and Cadillac LYRIQ are expected to use GM’s Ultium battery cells, making the Bécancour facility a critical part of General Motors’ supply chain. 

The Bécancour battery facility is expected to generate approximately 200 jobs. The facility is scheduled to start running by 2025. 

Canada is quickly carving a place for itself in the global electric vehicle (EV) supply chain. Last August, Volkswagen, and Mercedez Benz signed separate agreements with Canada’s federal government for battery materials. Like GM-POSCO’s project, VW’s deal with Canada involved the production of battery and cathode active materials. Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz deal was more open-ended, focusing on enhancing and exploring collaborations with Canadian companies engaged in EV and battery supply chains. 

Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, claimed the country “is quickly becoming the green supplier of choice for major auto companies, including leading European manufacturers, as we transition to a cleaner, greener future. 

Minister Champagne also shared the news about GM-POSCO’s battery facility. 

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