Officials announced the opening of a new LG Electronics factory Jan. 12 in Fort Worth that will produce electric vehicle charging stations.

Two-minute impact

The 100,000-square-foot facility, located at 2153 Eagle Parkway, can produce up to 12,000 charging units a year that will be distributed across the country, according to a company news release. The factory will start assembling Level 2 EV chargers in January with Level 3 chargers expected later this spring.

The new chargers were developed by LG Electronics to be owner-operated, meaning businesses and venues can set their own rates and keep generated profits. The chargers will open new opportunities for businesses and municipalities, said Michael Kosla, senior vice president for LG Business Solutions USA, in a statement.

“Today marks a major step in LG’s roadmap to support the electrification of America by making the EV charging infrastructure smarter, more accessible and more profitable for operators,” he said.

Diving in deeper

Level 2 chargers that will begin production in January will output 11 kilowatts of power and will be designed for wall mounting with an optional stand that enables placement anywhere. Level 3 chargers will provide fast charging abilities, outputting up to 175kW, in the form of a stand-type model.

The Level 3 model will feature a large outdoor LCD touchscreen display that can serve multiple functions, including advertisement display.

Ultra-fast chargers that can output up to 350kW are also planned for production later this year, according to the news release.

Zooming out

The new factory is the company’s first in the United States and joins its distribution center in Fort Worth. Officials from LG Electronics and Fort Worth, including Mayor Mattie Parker, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 12 before touring the new facility.

“This is a great day for Fort Worth with this global leader choosing to establish its U.S. manufacturing base for EV chargers and creating new jobs here,” Parker said in a statement. “We take pride in knowing that LG’s advanced EV charging stations that will be deployed across the United States will be built right here in Fort Worth.”

The new factory will open dozens of new tech jobs in North Texas and supports LG Electronics' broader "electrification" strategy, according to the news release.

By the numbers

More than 2.4 million electric vehicles were registered in the U.S. as of July, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy. Texas is among the top three states, only surpassed by California and Florida.
In 2023, the North Central Texas Council of Governments reported a 63% increase in registered electric vehicles across Dallas-Fort Worth. Registrations increased by 56% across the state between August 2022 and August 2023.