November 30, 2020

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GM to invest $2 billion in Spring Hill to build electric vehicles

GM to invest $2 billion in Spring Hill to build electric vehicles
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General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) said it will invest USD2 billion to transform its Spring Hill, Tennessee, U.S.A. assembly plant to produce electric vehicles.

The largest U.S. automaker also produces electric vehicles at Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan, and Orion Assembly in Orion Township, 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. 

With this latest announcement, GM has committed a total investment of more than USD29 billion in its U.S. manufacturing sites since 2009. This latest announcement includes planned investments at the following sites:

  • USD2 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 the Lansing Delta Township Assembly, representing an investment of more than USD100 million.
  • USD32 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.
  • USD17 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.
  • USD3.5 million will be invested at Orion Assembly. In addition, USD750,000 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.

Launch timing and additional product details will be released at a later date.

“We are committed to investing in the U.S., our employees and our communities,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “These investments underscore the success of our vehicles today, and our vision of an all-electric future.”

In the last 19 months, GM has committed to invest more than USD4.5 billion at three U.S. manufacturing sites to prepare those facilities for EV-related vehicle production.

In January, GM announced it was investing USD2.2 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 to invest USD800 million in supplier tooling

When Factory ZERO is fully operational, this investment will create more than 2,200 good-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs. GM is also investing an additional USD800 million in supplier tooling and other projects related to the launch of the new electric trucks.

In March 2019, GM announced it would invest USD300 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 USD2.3 billion to build a new, state-of-the-art battery cell manufacturing plant in Lordstown, Ohio, that will create more than 1,100 new jobs. Construction of the facility is well underway. The new battery cell manufacturing plant will play a critical role in GM’s commitment to an all-electric future.

For more information, visit https://www.gm.com.

 

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