The investment is being made at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, which the company says will be its first assembly plant 100% devoted to electric vehicles (EVs). The company's first all-electric truck is set to be a pickup with production scheduled to begin in late 2021, followed soon after by the recently announced Cruise Origin - a shared, electric, self-driving vehicle.
According to reports, the all-electric truck production is also expected to include a Hummer pickup under the GMC brand, expected to go on sale by late 2021 or early 2022. GM CEO and Chairman Mary Barra has previously said the company's plans for "an all-electric future" includes at least 20 new all-electric vehicles globally by 2023.
"Through this investment, GM is taking a big step forward in making our vision of an all-electric future a reality," says 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."
The company says it will also invest an additional $800 million in supplier tooling and other projects related to the launch of the new electric trucks. The plant’s paint and body shops and general assembly area will receive comprehensive upgrades, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling.
The company'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. The plant currently operates on one shift of production and builds the Cadillac CT6 and the Chevrolet Impala and employs approximately 900 people.
The plant will be idled for several months beginning at the end of February as the renovations begin. When the plant is fully operational, says the company, the investment will create more than 2,200 good-paying U.S. manufacturing