Earlier this year, LG announced that it planned to accelerate battery production at the Holland plant in Michigan. Today, Auto News confirmed that production is now in full swing with two of the three assembly lines operating 24 hours a day and a fourth line is on the way for an as-yet-unnamed customer. Tesla has already started production at its factory in Nevada, but only for stationary storage battery packs with battery cell production only set to begin in late 2016. Add it all up, and LG Chem appears likely to beat Tesla to the punch as the operator of North America’s first battery “gigafactory,” the name Tesla has given to the giant battery plant it is building in Nevada.
LG to Beat Tesla to the First Gigafactory in the US (Auto News)