Hyundai Announces Earlier Production Start Date at Georgia EV Plant

The new $7.6 billion plant will be Hyundai's first fully dedicated electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facility. 

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, along with other state and Hyundai leaders, celebrate Hyundai Motor Group’s positive impact on the state during Hyundai Day at the State Capitol, Feb. 26, 2024.

Hyundai Motor Group plans to begin production at its upcoming Metaplant America facility in Bryan County, GA -- its first dedicated EV mass-production plant -- in the last quarter of this year. Previously, Hyundai said it would start in the first quarter of 2025.

The announcement was made during an event celebrating the Korean automaker's impact on Georgia, attended by state officials and Hyundai executives. The General Assembly also passed a resolution recognizing Feb. 26, 2024, as Hyundai Day at the State Capitol.

Hyundai and Genesis electric vehicles, including the IONIQ 5, IONIQ 6, GV60 and electrified GV70, along with the hydrogen-powered XCIENT Fuel Cell Truck, to be used for logistics needs between Hyundai’s manufacturing facilities and suppliers, were on display outside of the State Capitol.

“Georgia is like a second home to us,” said José Muñoz, president and global COO, Hyundai Motor Company, and president and CEO, Hyundai and Genesis Motor North America. “On behalf of all of us at Hyundai Motor Group, we are very proud that Hyundai’s investments in Georgia will create tens of thousands of great paying American jobs and bring tens of billions of dollars in economic impact for decades to come. Thank you to our partners and to the great people of Georgia for your support and for making us feel so much at home.”

“For decades, Hyundai Motor Group has been an incredible partner to our state, and we knew exactly what kind of historic benefits a project like this would bring to hardworking Georgians when we first began talks with HMG,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “Hyundai is with us at the table, helping us recruit businesses, giving back to our communities, and working with our world-class colleges and universities to connect more Georgians with great opportunities. We share a focus on the future, and we're excited for what our long-term partnership will bring for the coastal region and all of Georgia.”

Hyundai Motor Group is investing $7.6 billion to develop the facility, which will create 8,500 direct jobs. Additionally, Hyundai and SK On are building a $5 billion EV battery cell plant in Bartow County that will employ 3,500 workers. According to a recent Center for Automotive Research study, Hyundai’s investments in Georgia are expected to create nearly 40,000 jobs and create $4.6 billion in individual earnings every year.

The Metaplant America facility is continuing its hiring efforts and has developed educational partnerships with area colleges to create a pipeline for future employment, including the Electric Vehicle Professional Technical Certificate (EVP TCC) being offered at four area technical colleges. Students who successfully complete the program receive preferred status when applying for a position at the new plant.

Those interested in a career at Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America can apply at careers.HMGMA.com.

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