General Motors announced on Friday that it is transforming its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly center into Factory ZERO, which will be the company’s new home for the production of electric vehicles.
The $ 2.2 billion investment to re-equip and modernize the facility comes just days before the launch of the HUMMER EV, a fully electric truck.
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“Plant ZERO is the next battleground in the electric vehicle race and will be GM’s flagship assembly plant on our journey to a fully electric future,” said Global Manufacturing Executive Vice President Gerald Johnson. “The electric trucks and SUVs that will be built here will help transform GM and the auto industry.”
It’s a real resurgence for the plant, which has remained inactive and transferred 800 workers to other factories last year to prepare for the transition to electric vehicles.
“We are preparing to build battery-powered electric trucks at this plant,” GM CEO Mary Barra told FOX Business last December. “So Detroit-Hamtramck has a bright future and each of the affected employees has the opportunity to work in some of our other facilities. ”
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This investment, which is the largest in GM’s history, will create 2,200 manufacturing jobs when fully operational.
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Besides the HUMMER EV, the Cruise Origin will also be built there. It is based on GM’s Ultium battery platform.
GM has just obtained approval to begin testing the autonomous driving features of Cruise Origin in San Francisco by the end of this year.
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