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GM Building Future EV's For Honda

General Motors and Honda Motor Company jointly announced plans for GM to build electric-vehicles for Honda. The first model will arrive for the 2024 model year, leveraging GM's dedicated EV architecture and Ultium battery system.  Specifically, the 2024 Honda product will be built atop GM's flexible BEV3 architecture. This architecture can handle everything from a compact car to a full-size…

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GM Partnering to Boost Ventilator Production

General Motors has confirmed it will partner with Seattle-based Ventec Life Systems and Stopthespread.org to help get more life-saving ventilators to hospitals in an effort to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The automaker says it will aid Ventec Life Systems with purchasing, logistics and manufacturing of its respiratory devices. Ventec says it holds 40 patents on its devices.  “We are working…

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Additional Automakers Shutter U.S. Assembly Plants

Joining the Detroit Three, several other automakers have announced the closure of their assembly plants amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nissan, Hyundai and Toyota are joining the list of factory closures, but all with slightly different plans.  Nissan has announced it will shut down its assembly plants effective tomorrow, with current plans calling for them to reopen on April 6th. This…

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Sources: Detroit Three Shutting Down Factories

Reports are surfacing this afternoon stating that all three Detroit automakers will be shutting down their factories amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. This news comes counter to an official report from the United Auto Workers union this morning suggesting the three automakers would greatly reduce production.  Further details surrounding the alleged shut down are expected to be announced this…

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Detroit Three, UAW Reach Deal Regarding COVID-19 Concerns

The United Auto Workers union and the Detroit Three automakers have reached a deal to slow production at all three companies amid concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement comes after UAW President Rory Gamble publicly called for halting of production at all three companies for two weeks.  The parties reached a deal that includes, "rotating partial shutdown of facilities, extensive deep…

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Volkswagen Planning Shutdown of Most European Plants
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Volkswagen Group has cautioned the automaker will ultimately shutdown most of its European assembly plants in the near future. The shutdowns stem from the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, which is impacting Europe significantly as of this week.  Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess confirmed the plans while speaking to reporters on Monday, according to CNBC. Diess explains that the automaker's plants in Spain, Italy…

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GM Reveals Ultium EV Batteries; Details EV Plans

Today General Motors rolled out significant details regarding its electrification plans, including an all-new battery the company has named Ultium. Ultium, paired with its new BEV3 architecture, will serve as the basis for numerous battery-electric vehicles.  “Our team accepted the challenge to transform product development at GM and position our company for an all-electric future,” said Mary Barra, GM chairman…

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Audi Halts E-Tron Production

Audi is temporary halting production of the brand's E-Tron battery-electric crossover. The halt comes amid a battery shortage parent company Volkswagen AG has seen, which is disrupting the supply chain for the E-Tron.  Bloomberg reports production of the E-Tron was halted last Thursday in VW's Brussels, Belgium assembly plant and is slated to start back up on Tuesday. Production ceased as…

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Ohio Grants GM Tax Break Over Battery Plant

General Motors' tax bill for its all-new battery factory in Lordstown will be fairly low. Ohio and Lordstown have granted a 75-percent tax abatement for the facility that will last 15 years. The abatement comes amid the fact this new facility is literally across the street from the assembly plant GM just shut down and sold.  The New York Times reports…

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