Gov. Kemp announced that Kia will invest more than $200 million and create nearly 200 new jobs at its West Point plant to accommodate assembly of the company’s highly anticipated all-electric 2024 EV9 three-row SUV

Macon, GA – According to the state officials, through this production line transformation, the EV9 will become the fifth model to be assembled at Kia Georgia, joining the Telluride, Sorento and Sportage SUVs, and the K5 mid-size sedan.

Officials also said that the EV9 assembly is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2024.

Currently, more than 40 percent of Kia vehicles sold in the U.S. are manufactured in West Point.

The addition of the EV9 to the lineup will further increase the facility’s output.

As the brand’s first three-row EV SUV and the first Kia EV to be assembled in North America, the EV9 is the flagship vehicle for the company’s global Plan S strategy focused on sustainable mobility leadership.

Kia Georgia, which is a certified Georgia Made manufacturer, will continue to utilize the services of Georgia Quick Start, the nation’s top-ranked workforce development program, which operates the Kia Georgia Training Center.

Quick Start’s comprehensive, customized training services will prepare new employees with the skills required to perform successfully on the new assembly line.

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