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Australian company to build $35 million EV battery plant in Detroit

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Fortescue Metals Group is planning to build a $35 million-dollar electric vehicle battery systems plant in Detroit.

The Australian-based company first made the announcement last month, but the plan officially gained approval from the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority on Wednesday. The plant is expected to be a major hub for Fortescue's battery, charging, and hydrogen generator production.

The company said the new plant could create up to 600 jobs locally.

Fortescue will directly benefit from federal and local tax credits for battery modules, the company said. The Inflation Reduction Act, which was passed by Congress last year, provides a tax credit of $10/kWh for battery models produced domestically.

“Michigan and the United States are extremely attractive places to manufacture, given the skilled workforce, existing supply chain and significant incentives from state and federal governments, including the Inflation Reduction Act," Fortescue Energy CEO Mark Hutchinson said in a statement.

George Weykamp is a senior at the University of Michigan studying business law and history. He was the 2022 University Editor at The Michigan Daily where he oversaw coverage of the first firing of a University President in over a century as well as a historic sexual misconduct settlement.
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