General Motors has confirmed earlier published reports that it intends to build two new battery cell manufacturing plants in the United States that will be in addition to the Ultium plants in Lordstown, Ohio, and Spring Hill, Tennessee.

A news release from GM does not announce locations for the new plants but says they are planned for “mid-decade”.

Construction of the Ultium plant in Lordstown is well underway, with the company saying it intends to hire 40 new employees this summer, with 200 positions filled by the end of the year.

Last month General Motors said it will support efforts by the United Auto Workers union to organize employees at two U.S. electric vehicle battery factories.

GM announced in April that it plans to build a second plant in Tennessee.

As if to say that there’s no going back to gasoline-powered vehicles, GM also announced on Wednesday that it will increase EV and AV investments from 2020 through 2025 to $35 billion, representing a 75 percent increase from its initial commitment announced prior to the pandemic.

GM it plans to become the market leader in EVs in North America; the global leader in battery and fuel cell technology through its Ultium battery platform and HYDROTEC fuel cells; and through Cruise, be the first to safely commercialize self-driving technology at scale.

“We are investing aggressively in a comprehensive and highly integrated plan to make sure that GM leads in all aspects of the transformation to a more sustainable future,” said GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra. “GM is targeting annual global EV sales of more than 1 million by 2025, and we are increasing our investment to scale faster because we see momentum building in the United States for electrification, along with customer demand for our product portfolio.”

More than a year ago, GM announced plans to invest $20 billion through 2025, including capital, engineering expenses and other development costs, to accelerate its transition to EVs and AVs. In November 2020, the company increased its planned investment over the same period to $27 billion.