General Motors has revealed plans to make Detroit-Hamtramck its first dedicated electric vehicle plant. A US$2.2bn in investment will allow the Michigan site to produce a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs.
“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.”
Once fully operational, the plant investment will create an estimated than 2,200 manufacturing jobs. The OEM also plans to invest an additional US$800m in supplier tooling and other projects related to the launch of the new electric trucks.
GM’s joint venture with LG Chem – which is investing US$2.3bn to manufacture battery cells in Lordstown, Ohio – will supply battery cells for the electric vehicles manufactured at Detroit-Hamtramck.