According to foreign media reports, as automakers continue to announce that their production is affected by supply chain or semiconductor shortages, or even have to suspend production, for the electric version of the GMC Hummer such as equipped with a huge battery pack of vehicles, the current is perhaps the most difficult time to enhance production capacity.
GM is reportedly currently only able to produce the new electric version of the Hummer at a rate of 12 vehicles per day, far below the current capacity of other manufacturers. GM admits that production is ramping up more slowly than usual because they are producing the new model on an all-new platform.
GM says the slower pace at which the model is being produced is to ensure that it achieves the level of quality the company is aiming for. The company expects production of the electric Hummer to ramp up significantly in the second half of the year as the new Ohio battery plant, a joint venture between GM and LG Chem, begins producing batteries. Currently, the batteries used in the model are shipped from outside the United States by LG Chem.
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Commenting on the 77,000-unit order for the electric version of Hummer and the slower capacity ramp-up, a GM spokesperson said, “As we vertically integrate our production of electric cells, our ability to meet market demand will increase. Vehicle deliveries will ramp up from the hundreds to the thousands later this year.”
In addition to the Ohio battery plant, GM and LG Chem will build another joint venture plant, which is expected to be located in Spring Hill, Tennessee, at a cost of $2.3 billion and is expected to be completed in 2023. With these two battery superplants, GM will be able to meet its demand for batteries. GM expects to launch a total of about 30 all-electric models across all of its brands by 2030.