As the rest of the world takes to electric vehicles going into mainstream, manufacturers have to ensure their stake in the market by catering towards production of these vehicles; The future is now indeed.
With this in mind, GM is making huge changes to their production processes over the next few years – one of which is a complete renovation of their Detroit-Hamtramck plant. Plans include a full revamping of the site to cater towards exclusively producing electric trucks and SUVs in the near future.
The plant, which currently operates on a one plant shift with a staff of 900 individuals, currently produces the Cadillac CT6 and the Chevrolet Impala. Its facilities, including paint, body work, and general assembly sections will receive new machinery, conveyors, and tooling to cater towards the production of electric trucks and SUVs instead of saloons.
The factory will likely be getting batteries for the vehicles from another $2.3 billion investment into LG Chem in Ohio, while various investments amounting to $2.5 billion will allow GM to produce electric vehicle components within Detroit.
“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, 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.”
Once completed, the new Detroit-Hamtramck plant is expected to create 2,200 jobs for full round-the-clock shifts. Prior to a planned dormancy for the next few months, the plant has produced 4 million vehicles since its inception in 1985.