General Motors has announced plans to invest $2.2 billion into its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The investment will create the automaker’s first assembly plant dedicated to electric vehicle production, starting with an electric pickup truck.
The news comes as little surprise. During GM’s lengthy negotiation with the United Auto Workers union it came to light the company was planning to leverage its Detroit plant to build electric trucks and SUVs. Production will commence in late 2021 with a new electric pickup, followed closely with production of the Cruise Origin and then a host of other SUVs and trucks.
“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.”
GM says the investment into the assembly plant will create 2,200 additional jobs. Today the plant has about 900 employees building the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala, which will have to end production as the plant undergoes significant upgrades.
Since opening in 1985, GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant has produced over 4 million vehicles.