GM revealed today it will be developing its first electric vehicle-only factory. The factory, which will be called ‘Factory Zero’, will be home to the production of the GMC Hummer EV pickup among others. The site of the factory will be the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center after a full conversion to house to production of said electric vehicles.
In an announcement today, GM stated:
“General Motors today announced its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center will be known as Factory ZERO, reconfigured to an all-electric vehicle assembly plant. The name Factory ZERO reflects the significance of this facility in advancing GM’s zero-crashes, zero-emissions and zero-congestion future. Factory ZERO will be the launchpad for GM’s multi-brand EV strategy. The facility has advanced technology and tooling and was designed with a focus on sustainable manufacturing. The GMC Hummer EV pickup and the Cruise Origin, a purpose-built electric, self-driving, shared vehicle, and other GM EVs will be built at Factory ZERO. Production of the GMC Hummer EV pickup will begin in late 2021”.
GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing, Gerald Johnson, said about the upcoming EV factory “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.”
Factory Zero is only a step towards GM’s commitment to “sourcing 100 percent of its U.S. facilities with renewable energy by 2030, and all global facilities by 2040” GM expects to invest upwards of $2.2 billion into the conversion of the plant to electric vehicle production. The factory is expected to have a 30 kW solar carport and 516 kW ground mount solar panel system.