GM to exclusively build electric vehicles at new assembly plant
A manufacturing facility owned by General Motors (GM) that was set to shut down has been given a new lease on life after the go-ahead was given to transform the facility into an electric vehicle (EV) assembly plant.
In a move that will save approximately 2,200 jobs, GM will invest US$2.2 billion to build a variety of electric SUVs and trucks to kick-start the manufacturers EV production.
The EV models will be spread among GM’s brands, with all models to be build on the BEV3 EV platform.
GM has also revealed that the recently unveiled Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle will also be built at the revamped Detroit-Hamtramck facility.
GM President Mark Reuss said the investment in an EV manufacturing plant represented the companies commitment to an all-electric future.
“Through this investment, GM is taking a big step forward in making our vision of an all-electric future a reality,” said Reuss.
GM will begin building their first electric pickup truck at the facility later this year, with the autonomous Cruise Origin to be the second vehicle built.
While GM currently does not have any fully electric trucks or SUVs on the market, Reuss was excited with the direction the company was headed in.
“Our electric vehicle plan is unmatched in the industry.
GM announced in 2017 that they would introduce 20 EV models by 2023 to build a full fleet of all-electric vehicles, as global environmental regulations continued to tighten regulations regarding vehicle CO2 emissions.
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant will be closed in February for renovations before being reopened later in 2020.
Source: Autotalk | GM to build EV assembly plant
29 Jan 2020