GM To Focus Production Efforts On All-Electric Vehicles


General Motors is planning to repurpose its Detroit-Hamtramck factory to produce electric vehicles.

Currently the plant produces sedans that are not hot-sellers. It was planned to close, but support from the state of Michigan and efforts from GM have kept the plant open. Production will be halted in February so that the plant can be outfitted with the appropriate production equipment.

The transition to producing all electric vehicles in the Detroit-Hamtramck factory will require an investment of $3 billion. Additionally, GM is promising 2,200 jobs from the increased production that will result as more electric vehicles are rolled out. Currently, the plant hires 900 workers.

"Through this investment, GM is taking a big step forward in making our vision of an all-electric future a reality," GM President Mark Reuss said. "Our electric pickup will be the first of multiple electric truck variants we will build at Detroit-Hamtramck over the next few years."

GM also hopes to roll out a self-driving car called the Cruise. The Detroit-Hamtramck factory will be a key production site for the vehicle. Eventually a ride-hailing service with the cruise is expected to be launched in San Francisco.

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