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    Honda, LG to invest USD4.4B in US battery plant

    TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese auto giant Honda and South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution announced a joint venture yesterday to invest USD4.4 billion in a new United States (US) electric car battery plant.

    The move comes after California last week ruled that all new cars sold in America’s most populous state must be zero-emission from 2035, with other US states expected to follow suit.

    In a joint statement, the firms said they expected construction of the plant to begin next year, aiming for “mass production of advanced lithium-ion battery cells by the end of 2025”.

    The tie-up was decided “based on the shared belief that expanding local electric vehicle production and ensuring the timely supply of batteries would put them in the best position to target the rapidly-growing North American EV market”, the companies added.

    Last month, Japanese electronics giant and Tesla supplier Panasonic announced its own USD4 billion investment to build a new battery factory in the US for electric vehicles.

    A visitor walks past the LG Energy Solution booth during an exhibition in Seoul. PHOTO: AFP
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