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LG Energy-Stellantis EV battery JV named 'NextStar Energy'

Industry 19:21 June 02, 2022

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution Ltd. (LGES) said Thursday its battery joint venture with multinational automaker Stellantis N.V. was named "NextStar Energy."

In March, LGES and Stellantis announced a plan to jointly establish an electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Ontario, Canada, a deal worth 4.8 trillion won (US$3.8 billion).

LGES said it aims to start production by the first half of 2024 and have an annual production capacity of 45 gigawatt hours of EV batteries.

The output from the Ontario plant will be supplied to Stellantis assembly plants that manufacture its famous brands, such as Chrysler and Jeep SUVs.

LGES operates its own factory in Michigan and is building three other battery plants in Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan in a joint venture with General Motors Co. In March, the company announced plans to build its second stand-alone EV battery plant in Arizona.

Stellantis COO Mark Stewart (L) and LG Energy Solution's head of advanced automotive battery division Kim Dong-myung pose for photos at the ceremony announcing their joint venture to build an EV battery plant in Ontario, Canada, on March 23, 2022, in this file photo provided by LGES. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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