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Georgia Central Railway to serve new Hyundai plant

Hyundai Motor Group last week entered into an agreement with the state of Georgia to build its first dedicated full electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facilities in the United States. Shown: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (left) and Hyundai officials sign the agreement.
Photo – Gov. Brian Kemp's Facebook


Genesee & Wyoming Inc. subsidiary Georgia Central Railway will serve a new, dedicated electric vehicle (EV) and battery manufacturing plant in Georgia for Hyundai Motor Group.

Hyundai plans to break ground on the EV plant — which is designed to assemble 300,000 units annually — in early 2023 and begin commercial production in 2025’s first half. Details on the battery manufacturing facility will be disclosed at a later date.

Georgia Central will support the $5.5 billion complex by transporting inbound materials to support production as well as moving outbound finished vehicles to markets across the United States, G&W officials said in a press release. The short line operates 211 miles of track from Macon to Savannah, and interchanges with CSX, Norfolk Southern Railway and the Heart of Georgia Railroad.

"We are honored to be forging a partnership with Hyundai to help fulfill their goal of being a leader in electric mobility in the U.S. market," said G&W CEO Jack Hellmann. "Our commitment to safe and efficient rail service, our longstanding presence in Savannah and Georgia Central’s access to the North American rail network via CSX and Norfolk Southern [Railway] make us the ideal partner for an EV project that will be transformational for the state of Georgia."

The state-of-the-art plant will be located at the 2,900-acre Bryan County Megasite.

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