On the heels of debuting its electrified Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors is putting more than $7 billion toward boosting its electric vehicle manufacturing capabilities in Michigan. The investment will be spread out across four of the automaker’s facilities.
It includes money to renovate the company’s Orion assembly plant, which it says will produce Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra EV trucks. General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the Orion site will join Hamtramck’s Factory Zero as the automaker’s second plant dedicated to building electric pickups.
“When both plants are fully ramped on three shifts of production,” says Barra, “our total full-size EV truck production capacity will be about 600,000 trucks a year.”
Barra says the automaker additionally plans to open a battery manufacturing plant in the Lansing area. She says the new facility will go online by the end of 2024.
“We’re also investing more than $510 million in our two Lansing area plants,” says Barra, “Lansing Grand River Assembly and Lansing Delta Township Assembly, to upgrade their production capabilities for near term products.”
Barra says this round of new commitments represents the largest investment in General Motors history. She says it will create about 4,000 new jobs in Michigan.
In a statement President Joe Biden took credit for the Detroit automaker’s expanding pursuit of electric vehicles. Biden, who has recently been under fire for rising inflation, says GM’s investment shows his economic strategy is working.