The last Chevrolet Impala comes off the production line at the Detroit-Hamtramck (DHAM) vehicle assembly plant at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 27, 2020. DHAM will be retooled and transformed for GM’s electric future. The plant is expected to be 100 percent devoted to electric vehicle production by the fall of 2021. Photo courtesy of General Motors Co.

Plant will support 2,200 manufacturing jobs

DETROIT — General Motors’ vision of an all-electric future is coming into clearer focus and gaining momentum with a $2.2 billion investment at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to produce a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs. General Motors’ first all-electric truck will be a pickup that is scheduled to begin production in late 2021, the company said in a release. It will be followed by the Cruise Origin, a shared, electric, self-driving vehicle. Detroit-Hamtramck will be GM’s first fully-dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant.

“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.”

When the plant is fully operational, GM expects the investment will create more than 2,200 well-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs. The automaker 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.

GM’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.

A key driver behind GM’s decision to make the commitment to Detroit-Hamtramck was the support this project received from the state of Michigan.

“The support from the state of Michigan was a key element in making this investment possible,” added Reuss. “This investment helps ensure that Michigan will remain at the epicenter of the global automotive industry as we continue our journey to an electrified future.”

Detroit-Hamtramck currently operates on one shift of production and builds the Cadillac CT6 and the Chevrolet Impala. Approximately 900 people are employed at the plant. The plant will be idled for several months beginning at the end of February as the renovations begin.

The plant has built more than 4 million vehicles since opening in 1985, GM said in the release. Hourly employees at Detroit-Hamtramck are represented by UAW Local 22.

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