General Motors announces first assembly plant in Detroit devoted to EVs
General Motors announced that it will invest $2.2 billion at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to produce a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs, making it the company’s first fully-dedicated electric vehicle assembly facility. It provides a little more detail on the company’s plans for all-electric vehicles at the plant, with GM’s first all-electric pickup scheduled to begin production at the plant in late 2021. It will be followed soon after by the Origin, a shared, electric, self-driving vehicle unveiled by Cruise in San Francisco last week.
“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. “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, the $2.2 billion investment is expected to support more than 2200 U.S. manufacturing jobs. The plant’s paint and body shops and general assembly area will receive comprehensive upgrades, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling. Additionally, GM will spend $800 million in supplier tooling and other projects related to the launch of the new electric trucks.
“The support from the state of Michigan was a key element in making this investment possible,” added Reuss.
In addition to the Detroit-Hamtramck announcement, 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 and battery manufacturing at Brownstown. At Orion, 400 new jobs were announced to support the launch of a second Chevrolet battery-electric vehicle.
GM’s joint venture company with LG Chem will supply battery cells for the electric vehicles manufactured at Detroit-Hamtramck. That investment of $2.3 billion, in Lordstown, OH, aims to establish a battery cell assembly plant on a greenfield manufacturing site, creating more than 1100 new jobs. GM says its state-of-the art plant will use "the most advanced manufacturing processes all under one roof to produce cells efficiently and will benefit from strong economies of scale throughout the value chain."
Hamtramck currently operates on just one shift of 900 people to build the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala. As previously confirmed, the plant will be idled for several months beginning at the end of February as the EV renovations begin.