General Motors (GM) is retooling its Detroit-Hamtramck plant to build its electric and autonomous vehicles in the future. The automobile company also estimates it will spend $2.2 billion to retool the factory and swap out the production of engines and transmissions for electric motors and battery packs.
On completion, it will be known as ‘Factory Zero,’ according to GM. Factory Zero references GM’s corporate mantra of ‘zero emissions, zero crashes, and zero congestion’.
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant will be GM’s first ‘fully-dedicated’ assembly plant for electric vehicles. The company also plans to build its forthcoming Hummer EV pickup truck and the driverless Cruise Origin shuttle at the facility.
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GM plans to release 20 electric nameplates by 2023, starting with the Hummer. The Hummer is to go into production in late 2021. After this, it will also manufacture the Cruise Origin, a shared electric self-driving vehicle that it unveiled in 2019.
“Factory ZERO is the next battleground in the EV race and will be GM’s flagship assembly plant in our journey to an all-electric future. The electric trucks and SUVs that will be built here will help transform GM and the automotive industry,” Gerald Johnson, GM executive vice president of global manufacturing, said in a statement.
The Detroit-Hamtramck facility first opened in 1985. Since that time, it has built over 4 million vehicles. They include the Pontiac Bonneville, Chevy Bolt, Buick LeSabre, Oldsmobile Toronado, and the Cadillac Eldorado, Seville, and DeVille. The facility will be able to build up to 160,000 vehicles a year.
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