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News Kia Georgia Prepares for EV Future with $200M Expansion

Kia Georgia Prepares for EV Future with $200M Expansion

Kia Georgia’s $200M expansion paves the way for the EV9, Kia’s first North American-assembled EV, creating nearly 200 jobs.

  • Kia Georgia expanding for 2024 EV9 SUV assembly.

  • Over $200M investment creating nearly 200 jobs.

  • EV9 marks Kia’s first North American-assembled EV.


The transformation sweeping across the automotive landscape has reached the Peach State, as Kia Georgia embarks on an ambitious mission to broaden its manufacturing prowess. In a move reflective of the industry’s shift towards electrification, the West Point assembly plant is set to welcome a new entrant to its production line – the all-electric 2024 Kia EV9 three-row SUV.

2024 Kia EV9 | Photo: Kia

In a narrative that mirrors the grand unveiling of a much-anticipated vehicle model, Kia Georgia is injecting over $200 million into its facility. This significant investment is not merely a financial gamble, but a calculated stride towards the future. A future that is as electrified as the new EV9, and one that promises nearly 200 additional jobs in Troup County, underscoring Kia’s commitment to both innovation and the community.

2024 Kia EV9 | Photo: Kia

Sean Yoon, the trailblazing President & CEO of Kia North America and Kia America, doesn’t hesitate to label the EV9 as a potential ‘game changer.’ His words echo the anticipation that surrounded the unveiling of the Telluride, and underscore the EV9’s potential to redefine the electric vehicle market.

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Earmarked to be the first EV assembled in North America under the Kia banner, the EV9 is poised to harmonize the best of two worlds – the commanding presence of the award-winning Telluride and the cutting-edge EV technology of the lauded EV6. It’s not merely an assembly of parts, but a testament to Kia’s innovative spirit, blending capability with technology and elegance.

2024 Kia EV9 | Photo: Kia

Indeed, anticipation is building as we approach the second quarter of 2024, when the rhythm of assembly at the West Point plant will welcome a new beat: the all-electric EV9 is set to enter production then. Joining the Telluride, Sorento, Sportage SUVs, and the K5 mid-size sedan, the EV9 is not merely a fifth wheel, but rather a leading light pointing to the path of electrification.

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