GM to spend $2 billion to convert assembly plant to EV manufacturing

22 October 2020
After the upgrades to the Spring Hill facility, GM will produce the first Cadillac Lyriq electric vehicle. Source: GM

General Motors Co. plans to convert its Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant into its third vehicle manufacturing site for producing electric cars.

The plant will join Factory Zero in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan, and the Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan. The Spring Hill facility will be the first to produce the new Cadillac Lyriq electric vehicle as well as the combustion engine models of the Cadillac XT6 and XT5.

Additionally, GM said it will invest in five Michigan plants including the Lansing Delta Township Assembly and Flint Assembly for future crossover and full-size pickup production. In all, the six facility investments will total more than $2 billion, bringing GM’s investment in U.S. manufacturing sites to more than $29 billion since 2009.

Detailed investments include:

  • $2 billion to be invested to build fully electric vehicles at the Spring Hill manufacturing facility.
  • $32 million in the Flint Assembly future production of heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.
  • $17 million invested in the Romulus, Michigan, propulsion plant for automation and increased capacity.
  • $3.5 million in the Orion Assembly plant for additional production for the Cruise autonomous vehicles.

“These investments underscore the success of our vehicles today, and our vision of an all-electric future,” said Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of GM, in a statement.

Over the last two years, GM has upped its investment in manufacturing for electric vehicles, including investing $4.5 billion at three U.S. manufacturing sites including $2.2 billion at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly.

Production of the GMC Hummer electric vehicle, the first of a series of all-electric trucks and SUVs, will begin in late 2021 at GM’s Factory Zero plant. This will be followed by the manufacturing of the Cruise Origin, an all-electric, self-driving vehicle.

GM and LG Chem also formed a joint venture that together will invest $2.3 billion to build a battery cell manufacturing plant in Lordstown, Ohio, that will be a critical part of GM’s electrification future.

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