GMC Hummer EV will be released at Factory ZeroOctober 18, 2020
General Motors has transformed its long-running Hamtramck assembly plant on the outskirts of Detroit into a major electrical product manufacturing facility.
The former home of the Chevrolet Volt is ditching any remnants of its gasoline past in favor of an all-electric future. Just as the Volt gave way to the all-electric Bolt EV in Chevrolet’s lineup, General Motors’ Detroit Hamtramck assembly center will be all-electric as it changes its name to Factory Zero.
GM will build the GMC Hummer EV pickup truck, as well as the Cruise Origin electric self-driving vehicle, which Cruise will use in its autonomous travel program at the Zero plant. GM said it will build other, not yet unveiled, electric vehicles in the future.
The all-electric Hummer, slated to begin production in late 2021, will be the first vehicle built at the refurbished Factory Zero facility. The new name has three meanings: “zero accidents, zero emissions and a future without traffic jams.” GM has invested $ 2.2 billion in the refurbishment and modernization of the plant for electric vehicles – the largest investment in a plant in the history of the automaker. The changes will create more than 2,200 jobs, GM said.
In order to switch to electric vehicles, new units, conveyors, controls and tools will be installed in paint and body shops and in general assembly shops. For Factory Zero, GM also embraced sustainable manufacturing concepts, turning concrete waste into temporary driveways and using treated storm water in cooling towers and a fire suppression system. The site also includes a 16.5-acre wildlife habitat, as well as a 30 kW solar-powered carport and a 516 kW ground-mounted photovoltaic solar panel.
Gerald Johnson, GM’s executive vice president of global manufacturing, called Factory Zero “the next battleground in the electric car race” and “GM’s flagship assembly plant on the road to an all-electric future.” While Hummer and Origin are the first announced EVs to roll off the Factory Zero assembly line, this is just the beginning. The GM Ultium battery platform used by both vehicles can be used to manufacture a wide range of all-electric cars and trucks.
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