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BMW’s EV battery partner launches a $1.5B factory expansion in South Carolina

Battery tech firm AESC, which is partnered with BMW, is investing $1.5 billion to expand its EV battery factory in South Carolina.

AESC’s EV battery factory expansion

AESC’s latest EV battery manufacturing expenditure follows its initial announcement to build the Florence County factory in December 2022 and its $810 million expansion announcement in December 2023. That’s a pretty significant investment at $3.12 billion.

Today’s announcement will create 1,080 new jobs, bringing the total number to 2,700 jobs across the local community.

In 2022, AESC announced a multi-year partnership with BMW to supply battery cells for next-gen BMW EVs produced at Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina.

AESC’s latest expansion will provide EV battery components for BMW Group’s Mexico Assembly Operations. The new extension will be adjacent to the first building that broke ground in June 2023, in the more than 1,000-acre Florence Global Technology Park. Operations are expected to be online in 2027.

Governor Henry McMaster (R-SC) said, “This investment is another monumental win for Florence County, and we look forward to the substantial impact this will have throughout South Carolina.”

Electrek’s Take

This is happening because BMW and AESC know there’s a growing demand for EVs in the US. They wouldn’t be doing this otherwise.

And South Carolina is now a US leader in EV and EV battery manufacturing growth. The Republican state is gaining jobs and revenue from the Biden administration’s Inflation Reduction Act, which incentivizes that growth.

EV demand is not slowing. Here’s more evidence.