While the human arsenal has always been loaded to the brim, it is still yet to possess anything more valuable than our tendency of growing under every possible situation. We say it because this tendency has really allowed us to hit upon some huge milestones, with technology proving to be a major member of the stated squad. The reason why technology enjoys such an esteemed stature in our lives is largely predicated upon its skill-set, which introduced us to a reality that we couldn’t have imagined in our wildest dreams. Nevertheless, if you take up a closer look, it becomes clear how the whole runner was also inspired by the way we applied those skills in a real-world environment. The latter component was, in fact, what gave the creation a spectrum-wide presence, and consequentially, kickstarted a tech revolution. This revolution, as we found out later, will go on to scale up the human experience from every conceivable direction, but even after achieving so much, technology will somehow continue bringing all the right goods to the table. This has only turned more and more evident over the recent past, and Honda’s latest decision does a lot to keep the stated trend alive and kicking.
Honda has officially partnered with LG Chem to build a $4.4 billion electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Fayette County, Ohio. According to certain reports, the project to build out a state-of-art facility will be put into effect during the early stage of 2023, while the production, for now, is slated to begin from 2025. Talk about the production capacity, the estimation is that the plant will be able to clock 40GWh on an annual basis, and to achieve the stated number, it will have a workforce of more than a whopping 2,200 people. Notably enough, Honda’s billion-dollar investment comes shortly after Biden administration introduced the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides $7,500 in tax credits for EVs assembled in North America. This, of course, translates to no tax benefits whatsoever for EVs manufactured outside the region, therefore giving US a significant economic advantage.
“Thanks to my economic plan, we’re leading the world again — rebuilding our supply chains, infrastructure, and manufacturing at home,” said President Joe Biden.
As massive of a project as it sounds, the new plant isn’t the only thing Honda will be working upon in Ohio. The automotive giant is shelling out another $700 million to upgrade three of its existing facilities in the state for a more sustainable EV production. The company’s bid to scale up and make these facilities a dedicated hub for EV manufacturing is likely create a new batch of around 300 jobs.
Taking a more holistic view, Honda’s growing EV prowess in Ohio seems well-positioned to realize the automaker’s goal of producing 30 EVs hybrid, battery-electric, and fuel-cell vehicles by 2030.