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GM announces $2.2B for electric vehicles at Detroit-Hamtramck plant 

By: - January 27, 2020 1:07 pm

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at her year-end press conference, Dec. 18, 2019 | Susan J. Demas

General Motors plans to invest $2.2 billion at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to produce battery electric trucks and other electric vehicles, making it the company’s first fully dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday joined GM leaders and UAW officials to tout the company’s investment in green energy.  

“Today’s announcement builds on a new chapter in Michigan’s automotive manufacturing heritage, proving once again that the vehicles of the future will be built, tested and deployed here in our state,” Whitmer said.

When the plant is fully operational, the investment will create more than 2,200 manufacturing jobs at the facility, which Whitmer said will help get “Hamtramck back online” and “bring their vision of an all-electric future to life.” 

GM’s first all-electric truck will be a pickup, with production scheduled to begin in late 2021. GM plans to build a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs at the facility, including the Cruise Automation’s Origin, a multi-purposed shared autonomous vehicle that was unveiled in San Francisco last week. 

“The support from the State of Michigan was a key element in making this investment possible,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “This investment helps ensure that Michigan will remain at the epicenter of the global automotive industry as we continue our journey to an electrified future.”

Last week, GM announced it would invest at least $3.5 billion in Michigan over the next 10 years, including Monday’s announcement at its Detroit-Hamtramck facility. 

“We are proud to be able to support this investment in our state and further solidify Michigan’s position as the undisputed leader of automotive manufacturing and innovation,” Jeff Mason, CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation said. “This announcement builds on the major investments made in Michigan’s automotive and mobility strengths over the past year.”

Mason says the company’s decision to expand in Michigan will have a far-reaching impact on the entire state. Estimates from the Center for Automotive Research show every job in an automotive assembly plant has a multiplier of eight jobs throughout the supply chain. 

The announcement at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck facility follows a series of major auto industry development in Michigan, including Ford’s $1.45 billion investment in Dearborn and Wayne facilities and the settlement between Tesla and the state of Michigan that allows the automaker to sell vehicles in Michigan. 

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.