Have you ever wondered where all the promised electric cars and trucks will be built? U.S. too. It turns out that a huge number of electric cars and SUVs will be built in the great state of Georgia thanks to Hyundai Motor Group (HMG). Specifically, Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America is currently under construction near Savannah, Georgia. Hyundai Motor Group is the parent company that manufactures and sells Genesis, Hyundai and Kia vehicles in the United States
Economic Opportunities for Electric Vehicles
While electric cars are fun to drive and have less pollution (at the source), they are also an economic opportunity for many. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said the partnership with HMG is a testament to the “unprecedented success” of Georgia’s policies and Georgia workforce, and continued, “With a long-standing commitment to improving lives and livelihoods, we look forward to continuing this partnership and seeing the impact it has on both this society and our state as a whole.” The goals of HMG are even higher. The company’s mission statement is “Progress for Humanity”.
Industrialization used to thrive in the West and the Midwest. Michigan still produces a large number of cars and trucks each year. But the Southeast is the new hub for car building—Honda and Toyota have been building cars in the United States for decades. BMW has a factory and delivery center in South Carolina, Kia has a plant in Georgia, Mercedes-Benz has a plant in Alabama, Nissan has a plant in Mississippi and Tennessee, Toyota is in Kentucky and Texas, Volkswagen makes vehicles in Tennessee, and Volvo has a large manufacturing facility near Charleston, South Carolina .
The Hyundai plant will dwarf many of those facilities. This mega plant of the future represents an investment of approximately $5.5 billion. Production is scheduled to start soon with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles. Jose Muñoz, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, indicated that the number could eventually rise to 500,000.
It’s all part of HMG’s global plan to sell 3.23 million all-electric cars by 2030. Certainly, a large number of them will be purchased by Americans. This facility will not only build electric cars, but also manufacture the batteries that power those vehicles. In fact, Metaplant America will help Hyundai create a supply chain for electric vehicle batteries “…and other electric vehicle components in the US market,” according to HMG.
The facility will also showcase state-of-the-art ‘smart manufacturing’. “The new plant will boast a highly interconnected, automated and flexible manufacturing system, which organically connects all elements of the electric vehicle ecosystem to deliver customer value. The Georgia facility will become an intelligent manufacturing plant. All production processes – order collection, procurement, logistics and production – will be optimized using artificial intelligence and data,” according to Hyundai Motor Group.
American jobs and societies
Several representatives from Georgia State and HMG mentioned the success of Kia’s facility in West Point, Georgia, as it played a role in selecting the Savannah region for the new plant. Specifically, HMG Group CEO Eason Chung said, “Hyundai and the people of Georgia share many qualities: respect for our history, creativity, ingenuity, and determination to make the world better for the next generation.”
The benefit to the local area is clearly jobs. It will produce more than 8000 jobs over time. Charitable donations are a big part of that, too, with many dollars going to 501(c)(3) nonprofits. To date, Hyundai and Genesis have donated $940,000 to local organizations.
What actual vehicles will be built at the Savannah facility? We don’t know yet. A good guess might be the Hyundai Ioniq 7 (now just a concept). The electrified version of the Kia Telluride is another, as well as a host of upcoming Genesis cars. The Genesis brand has said it will only launch fully electric cars by 2025.
HMG’s Metaplant America near Savannah, Georgia, should have production cars as soon as possible by 2025.