Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant will become GM's first entirely EV-focused factory.
General Motors will begin production of a fully electric pickup in late 2021 as part of a $2.2 billion investment in the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. The site will become the automaker's first factory to focus completely on building electric vehicles. There will be "a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs," according to the company's announcement, indicating this funding will be part of an even greater push into the EV market.
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"Our electric pickup will be the first of multiple electric truck variants we will build at Detroit-Hamtramck over the next few years," GM President Mark Reuss announced.
Reuss didn't offer any specifics about the truck. In a statement to Reuters in 2019, company CEO Mary Barra said. "General Motors understands truck buyers and ... people who are new coming into the truck market. It will be a very capable truck, I’m pretty excited about it."
The renovated factory will also build the Cruise Origin. The fully autonomous EV is fully autonomous and would function as a small taxi for carrying groups of people. The plan is for them to ferry folks around San Fransisco first and then broaden the business to other cities.
The investment into the Detroit-Hamtramck will include making improvements to the plant's paint and body shops. The site will also get new machines, conveyors, controls, and tooling. The renovations will begin at the end of February 2020. When construction is complete, employment there will increase from around 900 people currently to over 2,200 workers.
Detroit-Hamtramck to be GM’s First Assembly Plant 100 Percent Devoted to Electric Vehicles
$2.2 billion investment will support 2,200 good-paying manufacturing jobs
DETROIT — General Motors’ (NYSE: GM) vision of an all-electric future is coming into clearer focus and gaining momentum with a $2.2 billion investment at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to produce a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs. GM’s first all-electric truck will be a pickup with production scheduled to begin in late 2021. This will be followed soon after by the Cruise Origin, a shared, electric, self-driving vehicle unveiled by Cruise in San Francisco last week. Detroit-Hamtramck will be GM’s first fully-dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant.
“Through this investment, GM is taking a big step forward in making our vision of an all-electric future a reality,” said Mark Reuss, GM president, during a press event at the plant with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other local and state officials. “Our electric pickup will be the first of multiple electric truck variants we will build at Detroit-Hamtramck over the next few years.”
When the plant is fully operational, this investment will create more than 2,200 good-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs.
GM will also invest an additional $800 million in supplier tooling and other projects related to the launch of the new electric trucks.
Since the fall of 2018, GM has committed to invest more than $2.5 billion in Michigan to bring electric vehicles to market through investments at Orion assembly, GM battery lab in Warren, Brownstown and today’s announced direct investment in Detroit-Hamtramck.
The plant’s paint and body shops and general assembly area will receive comprehensive upgrades, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling.
GM’s joint venture with LG Chem – which is investing $2.3 billion to manufacture battery cells in Lordstown, Ohio – will supply battery cells for the electric vehicles manufactured at Detroit-Hamtramck.
A key driver behind GM’s decision to make the commitment to Detroit-Hamtramck was the support this project received from the state of Michigan.
“The support from the state of Michigan was a key element in making this investment possible,” added Reuss. “This investment helps ensure that Michigan will remain at the epicenter of the global automotive industry as we continue our journey to an electrified future.”
Detroit-Hamtramck currently operates on one shift of production and builds the Cadillac CT6 and the Chevrolet Impala. Approximately 900 people are employed at the plant. As previously confirmed, the plant will be idled for several months beginning at the end of February as the renovations begin.
The plant has built more than 4 million vehicles since opening in 1985. Hourly employees at Detroit-Hamtramck are represented by UAW Local 22.