Thursday, 10 February 2022 10:06

Study: Ohio Poised to Lead EV Automotive Supply Chain


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The report "Ohio Battery Supply Chain Opportunities" released Feb. 10 highlights Ohio's unique positioning to become an industry leader and hub for advanced technologies that can reduce emissions and innovate the automotive industry for decades to come. 

"Ohio Battery Supply Chain Opportunities" was co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and JobsOhio and authored by expert consulting firm Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (BMI).


Thanks to recent initiatives aimed at building an auto supply chain that capitalizes on lithium-ion battery manufacturing, such as the GM/LG Chem (Ultium Cells) Lordstown investment and other facets of EV development, the report highlights that the State of Ohio is uniquely positioned to become an industry leader---reaffirming the state as a hub for innovative business endeavors in advancing automotive technologies that can reduce emissions for decades.


"As the industry continues to innovate and steer itself towards a future focused on a growing EV supply chain, this report solidifies Ohio's value proposition as a premier destination for future innovation," said J.P. Nauseef, president and CEO of JobsOhio. "JobsOhio was created to help bolster business and investment in Ohio, and our state is prepared to seize future opportunities in the industry that can bring good-paying jobs for Ohio's workforce while reducing emissions in our state."


The report notes the state has made a multi-decade commitment to the automotive supply chain, resulting in more than 90% of Ohio's exports currently related directly or indirectly to the automotive industry. That well-developed infrastructure and logistics landscape puts the state in prime position to serve growing consumer interest in electric vehicles (EV). 


According to the report, Ohio has the second-largest automotive workforce in the country and is ranked as a top state for solar development in the Midwest over the next five years---key advantages for the state, making it a logical place for future investments in the EV supply chain as the auto industry is increasingly wanting renewable energy sooner and closer to their operations.   


According to the report's analysis, the most important key advantages...

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