General Motors has revealed where it will build its all-electric pickup truck and when you can have one.
GM announced today that it will dedicate its Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing plant, known by GM insiders as D-HAM, entirely to electric vehicle production. There are two EV products that GM plans for the plant. One is the Cruise Origin, a shared, electric, self-driving vehicle unveiled by Cruise in San Francisco last week. That is the vehicle that will compete with Uber drivers in urban areas. The second is the long-awaited GM EV pickup truck.
“Through this investment, GM is taking a big step forward in making our vision of an all-electric future a reality,” said Mark Reuss, GM president, during a press event at the plant with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other local and state officials. “Our electric pickup will be the first of multiple electric truck variants we will build at Detroit-Hamtramck over the next few years.”
GM’s investment in D-HAM for EV trucks is no small endeavor. The company has committed $2.8 billion for the plant, plus another $300 million in support plants. Once it is fully operational, D-HAM will provide 2,20- jobs. In 2018, this plant, with half that number of employees generated $132,006,736.77 in wages.
“The support from the state of Michigan was a key element in making this investment possible,” added 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.”
GM says the D-HAM plant will be idled for several months beginning at the end of February as the renovations begin. The all-electric pickup truck is scheduled to begin production in late 2021.