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John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-15-2018 The Cruise autonomous vehicle, or Cruise AV, will be manufactured at the Orion Township plant in Michigan starting in 2019. GM plans to be selling the autonomous vehicles commercially next year after successful trials in San Fransisco and other locations. The pilot production run of 200 Cruise AVs was built at the plant. “We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize in 2019,” said GM President Dan Ammann. “Our Orion and Brownstown teams have proven experience in building high-quality self-driving test vehicles and battery packs, so they are well-prepared to produce the Cruise AV.” The Brownstown Battery Plant is presently tooling up to build the roof-top sensor array for the vehicles. UAW Local 5960 workers have built all three of the prior generations of the Cruise AV and will be the workers building the first ones for commercial sale as well. “The UAW is committed to preparing our members for the future of advanced mobility and this investment recognizes our willingness to work together to build these self-driving vehicles,” said Cindy Estrada, vice president and director, UAW General Motors Department. “Whether it involves traditional vehicles or advance technology, our members are highly capable of delivering great products.” GM says that production of the Bolt EV, which was recently announced would be expanding, will continue at Orion as well as other conventional vehicles.
Chevrolet also confirmed that the Bolt will be developed with two goals in mind. A 200-mile all-electric range and a $30,000 price tag. While the production vehicle will share the concept's name, don't expect them to look exactly the same. The production version will most likely undergo some styling and functional changes before it goes on sale. The Bolt will be produced Michigan at the Orion Assembly facility. The company simultaneously announced a $200-million investment to get ready for Bolt production. Orion will receive $160-million for tooling and equipment while Pontiac Metal Center Facilities will receive $40-million for new dies. The Bolt will be produced at the same facility that currently produces the Buick Verano and Chevrolet Spark Chevrolet has not yet announced a model year or on sale target for the Bolt. General Motors Says Leveraging the industry-leading battery technology found in the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept was developed as a game-changing, long-range pure electric for all 50 states, designed to offer more than a GM-estimated 200 miles of range at a target price of around $30,000.