Kia Reveals $200 Million Investment for Electric EV9 Production at U.S. Plant in Georgia

Kia Investing $200 Million to Produce Electric EV9 at Georgia Plant

Kia’s New Electric EV9 to be Assembled in North America

Kia has announced that its new electric vehicle, the EV9, will be produced at its U.S. plant in West Point, Georgia. The company plans to invest $200 million into the production of the EV9 and expects to create approximately 200 jobs at the Georgia plant. This move by Kia marks the first time that the automaker will assemble an electric vehicle in North America. With the growing shift towards electric vehicles in the industry, this investment will contribute to Georgia’s position as a key hub for EV manufacturing.

Georgia Attracts Major EV and Battery Investments

Georgia has become a hotbed for electric vehicle and battery investments, with several major players making significant commitments to the state. Rivian Automotive, an electric carmaker, is building a $5 billion plant in Georgia. In addition, Hyundai Motor Group and SK Innovation have announced plans to construct a new battery manufacturing plant in Georgia to supply Hyundai’s U.S. assembly plants. This project is expected to create over 3,500 jobs and involve an investment of $4-5 billion. SK Innovation has already opened a $2.6 billion battery plant in Commerce, Georgia, which is producing batteries for the Ford F-150 EV.

Significant Economic Impact on Georgia

The investments made in Georgia’s EV supply chain have resulted in substantial economic growth for the state. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has highlighted that over $22.7 billion has been invested in Georgia since 2020, leading to the creation of more than 28,400 jobs. With the addition of Kia’s $200 million investment and the creation of 200 jobs, the state’s position as a leader in electric vehicle manufacturing is further solidified.

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