GM's Factory-ZERO To Open Next Month

By Staff Writer November 08, 2021 290
The new name is a call-back to Factory One in Flint, Michigan, and a reset of GM as a leader in zero emission vehicles. The new name is a call-back to Factory One in Flint, Michigan, and a reset of GM as a leader in zero emission vehicles.

General Motors’ first completely retooled factory for electric vehicle production is on track to open next month in Detroit-Hamtramck. The company, which committed $2.2 billion to the project, has been revamping the GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center for the past year. The new plant, Factory-ZERO, will be a flagship assembly plant in GM’s rollout of 30 new EVs.

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant was one of four plants GM had scheduled to be permanently shuttered until the UAW struck a deal with GM to retool the plant amid a 40-day strike in 2019. GM plans on employing 2,200 people at Factory-ZERO, twice as many as were employed when the plant was closed for the rebuild to electric. The company is planning on recalling assembly workers back to the Factory-Zero plant soon and will start hiring additional workers next year.

"UAW members are excited about building these automobiles of the future," said Terry Dittes, UAW Vice President and Director of the GM Department, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV, Cruise Origin and Silverado E will be built at Factory-ZERO. The retooled Hummer may turn out to be as popular as its gas-powered cousin. GM has around 10,000 pre-orders for the Hummer EV pickup. Starting sticker price is a whooping $112,595 for Edition 1 with a trimmed down version coming next year below $80,000. The 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup is scheduled to start rolling off the line this fall.

General Motors said the grand opening of the new Factory Zero facility is further indication that the company is “on target” in its bid to launch 30 new electric vehicle models by the 2025 calendar year, a goal which it had previously established in 2020. “I see a strong EV landscape in 2022, but in 2023 it really turns on," GM CEO Mary Barra told a group of Wall Street analysts earlier this week.

 

 

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