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27.01.2020 - 16:10

GM plans all-electric plant in Detroit-Hamtramck

General Motors is transforming its Detroit-Hamtramck production facility into an all-electric vehicle plant. As the US auto company has now officially announced, it plans to invest 2.2 billion dollars in the plant to produce a number of electric models there.

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From the end of 2021, an electric pickup truck will first roll off the production line in Detroit and shortly afterwards the autonomous electric shuttle Cruise Origin, which was presented a few days ago. “A large number of fully electric pickup trucks and SUVs” will be built in the plant. The rumors that the Hummer brand should also be revived with electric pickups were not confirmed by GM either in the announcement or during a press conference in Detroit. It is possible that General Motors will announce this during the Super Bowl in early February.

Originally the Hamtramck plant, which opened in 1985, was supposed to be closed; the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala sedans, which are now only moderately successful, will be built there until February. The conversion to the pure electrical plant should take 12 to 18 months. Among other things, the assembly, body and painting areas will be equipped with new robots, conveyor belts and tools. In addition, the plant is to receive a new control system. 2,200 jobs are to be created for the production of the electric vehicles.

"The investment helps Michigan remain at the center of the global automotive industry on its way to an electrified future," said GM President Mark Reuss. However, GM also stated in the announcement that support from the state of Michigan was "a primary reason for the decision." The conversion of Hamtramck into a purely electric car plant has consequences not only for Michigan, but also for the neighboring US state of Ohio. There GM wants to build its own battery cell factory together with LG Chem for 2.3 billion dollars.

In addition to GM, Ford have also announced fully electric pickups with an E variant of the F-150 and Tesla with the Cybertruck. "I don't know whether we will be the first on the market or not, but I am confident that we will definitely be the best on the market," said Reuss. With the electric program, General Motors also wants to become faster and more agile. "Our range of electric vehicles is unmatched in the industry in terms of the combination of advanced technology, flexibility, speed and scalability," says Reuss.

Update 10/18/2020: After General Motors announced in January that it would convert its Detroit-Hamtramck production facility into a purely electric vehicle plant with investments of 2.2 billion dollars, GM is now confirming that the GMC Hummer EV electric pickup will come off the assembly line there from the end of 2021 will run - alongside other electric models such as the Cruise Origin. The factory will be called "Factory Zero". The GMC Hummer EV is set to be unveiled on Tuesday.


detroitnews.com, electrek.co, insideevs.com, gm.com, gm.com (Update), cnbc.com (Premiere GMC Hummer EV)

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