Gotion Sues Green Charter Township Over $2.4 EV Battery Plant

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Batteries from the Ford F-150 Lighting EV truck wait to be brought in and installed in the new truck inside the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn on April 21, 2022. Chinese manufacturer Gotion Inc. sued the western Michigan municipality on Friday.  March 15, 2024, stating that the township board stands in the way of a previous commitment to allow Gotion to build a $2.4 billion electric vehicle battery components plant in Green Township, Michigan.

a chinese company which has promised to invest billions of dollars to build a battery plant for electric vehicles in western Michigan has sued the municipality where the factory is planned to be built. The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court, comes after township board members, led to electoral victories last fall by animosity toward the project, voted to revoke a vital deal for the plant’s construction shortly after taking office.

In October 2022, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state officials announced that Gotion Inc. would build a $2.4 billion plant to manufacture electric vehicle components, with the final planned location being in Green Charter Township, a town of about 3,200. inhabitants in Mecosta County, about an hour north of Grand Rapids. In addition to the factory, which promised to create 2,350 jobs, Gotion planned to open an office for corporate employees in nearby Big Rapids. according to Crain’s Detroit Business.

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