General Motors says it will invest nearly $800 million into its CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. The investment will allow the facility to produce electric delivery vans from GM’s new BrightDrop business unit. GM announced BrightDrop earlier this week at the virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The investment is expected to prepare the CAMI plant to commence production of the BrightDrop EV600 later this year. GM plans to gradually transition CAMI from producing the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain to BrightDrop delivery vans over the next two years. Clearly Equinox and Terrain will be moving to another GM facility. Work on the assembly plant will being immediately.
This will mark the first Canadian plant in the GM portfolio to be converted to building Ultium-based EV’s.
BrightDrop is GM’s new business unit tailored to the logistics market. The company is starting with two new products: an electrified pallet and the EV600 electric delivery van. Supporting the initial products is an entire ecosystem of software to control and optimize logistics. BrightDrop has already stated it has other products in the pipeline.
GM’s investment into the CAMI plant is yet another in a recent string of Canadian investments. GM recently announced an investment in its Oshawa, Ontario truck plant that totaled over $1 billion. Discussions are ongoing between GM and Canadian union Unifor regarding the ratification of a new labor agreement.