GM to Invest $800 Million in First BrightDrop Plant in Canada

In the absence of ratification of the interim 2021 agreement reached with Unifor and confirmation of government support, General Motors (GM) plans to bring its BrightDrop EV600 electric light commercial vehicle to its CAMI manufacturing facility in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.

The investment reaches almost 800 million dollars to allow GM (NYSE: GM) to have the BrightDrop EV600 by the end of 2021. The investment will enable the US automotive giant to convert CAMI into the first plant of Canada’s large-scale electric delivery vehicle manufacturing.

Work will begin immediately to transform the CAMI plant. This investment supports jobs and changes the plant over two years, from Chevrolet Equinox production to the production of EV600, to offer a product to the growing market for zero-emission commercial vehicles throughout North America.

BrightDrop is an entirely new business for General Motors, offering business customers an ecosystem of connected and electrified products and services designed to enhance the delivery of goods and services from the first to the last mile.

The BrightDrop EV600 is an electric light commercial vehicle explicitly designed to deliver long-range goods and services. It combines emission-free driving with a range of advanced safety, and convenience features most common in consumer electric vehicles.

Its goal is to help B2B customers reduce ownership costs, improve productivity and safety, and improve their carbon footprints and sustainability efforts. Its initial products include:

  • The EP1 electric e-pallet.
  • A software platform for fleet and asset management.
  • The EV600 light commercial vehicle will extend the Ultium platform to commercial vehicles.

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