General Motors announces plans to produce electric Silverado near Detroit

It will be the fourth electric vehicle produced at the new Factory Zero in Hamtramck
The General Motors Factory Zero will produce electric vehicles at the former Hamtramck Assembly...
The General Motors Factory Zero will produce electric vehicles at the former Hamtramck Assembly plant.(source: WJRT)
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 6:59 PM EDT
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HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (WJRT) - General Motors announced plans to produce a new electric-powered Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at its new Factory Zero plant in Hamtramck.

The electric Silverado will be the fourth vehicle produced in the 4.5 million-square-foot factory near Detroit.

It’s part of a multi-billion dollar investment from GM, as the company pushes forward with plans to produce an all electric lineup of vehicles by 2035. The director of United Auto Workers Region 1D in Mid-Michigan said this kind of investment is good for the entire state.

“That’s good news for everybody. Good news for the economy. That’s good for the employees,” said UAW Region 1D Director Steve Dawes. “Nobody gets hurt when you’re talking an investment like that. That’s GM’s largest single plant investment ever.”

GM is planning to invest $2.2 billion to begin producing electric vehicles in Factory Zero. Dawes is excited for what lies down the road, but he knows the switch to electrification won’t happen overnight.

“Along with what comes with electric vehicles comes a lot of other attachments that are great for everyone. The infrastructure. There’s got to be a change in infrastructure because you have to have charging stations. You’ve got to have places where you can maintain these electric vehicles,” he said.

In addition to the Silverado, Factory Zero will produce electric versions of the GMC Hummer pickup truck, a Hummer SUV and an electric version of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan. GM expects to hire about 2,200 employees for the plant.

“The story of Factory Zero is kind of like the story of Michigan: Perseverance, grit and a commitment to getting it done,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who took part in Tuesday’s announcement of the electric Silverado.

Production of GM’s Hummer EV pickup truck is expected to start later this year followed by the electric Cruze next year and the Hummer electric SUV in 2023. GM has not said when the electric Silverado will be produced.

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