GM Continues Investments to Build Electric Vehicles in US
General Motors Co announced that its Spring Hill Tennessee assembly plant will begin the transition to become the company’s third vehicle manufacturing site to produce electric vehicles, joining Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan and Orion Assembly in Orion Township in Michigan. In addition, the company is confirming investments in five Michigan plants, including the Lansing Delta Township Assembly and Flint Assembly for future crossover and full-size pickup production. The all-new Cadillac LYRIQ will be the first EV produced at Spring Hill. Production of the Cadillac XT6 and XT5 will continue at Spring Hill. The facility will build both traditionally powered Cadillac products and EVs.
Planned investments include:
USD 2 billion will be invested in Spring Hill Manufacturing to build fully electric vehicles including the luxury Cadillac LYRIQ. Through this investment, Spring Hill’s paint and body shops will undergo major expansions and the general assembly will receive comprehensive upgrades, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling. The renovation work in Spring Hill will begin immediately.
Production of the next-generation GMC Acadia will move to Lansing Delta Township Assembly, representing an investment of more than USD 100 million.
USD 32 million will be invested at Flint Assembly for future production of heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, which have gained significant market share in the United States and Canada.
USD 17 million will be invested in the Romulus Michigan propulsion plant to enhance automation and increase capacity of GM’s 10-speed truck transmission, which is used in full-size pickups and other key products, including the all-new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade.
USD 3.5 million will be invested at Orion Assembly. In addition, USD 750,000 will be invested at GM’s site in Brownstown Charter Township Michigan. Both investments are related to additional production of the Cruise AV test vehicle at Orion Assembly
The six US facility investments total more than USD 2 billion, bringing the total amount GM has invested or committed to invest in its US manufacturing sites to more than USD 29 billion since 2009. In the last 19 months, GM has committed to invest more than USD 4.5 billion at three U.S. manufacturing sites to prepare those facilities for EV-related vehicle production.
In January, GM announced it was investing USD 2.2 billion at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, now known as Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center. Production of the first all-electric GMC HUMMER EV pickup, the first of a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs to be built at GM’s Factory ZERO plant, will begin in late 2021. This will be followed soon after by the Cruise Origin, a purpose-built electric, self-driving vehicle. GM is also investing an additional USD 800 million in supplier tooling and other projects related to the launch of the new electric trucks.
In March 2019, GM announced it would invest USD 300 million in Orion Assembly to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle, bringing 400 new jobs to the facility. This new Chevrolet EV joins the existing Chevrolet Bolt EV and will be designed and engineered based on an advanced version of the current award-winning Bolt EV architecture.
Separately, GM and LG Chem formed a joint venture, Ultium Cells LLC, and together are investing more than USD 2.3 billion to build a new, state-of-the-art battery cell manufacturing plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The new battery cell manufacturing plant will play a critical role in GM’s commitment to an all-electric future