The president spoke with GM CEO Mary Barra this week, who informed him that the automaker will sell the former Chevrolet Cruze production site to Workhorse Group for an undisclosed sum, pending a UAW agreement. GM said in a release Wednesday it’s in talks with Workhorse to potentially sell the plant.
Workhorse plans to make electric trucks at the Lordstown plant. Details on production capacity and the number of workers it will employ at the plant are not yet available. It’s also not clear how much GM sold the Lordstown facility for.
“This potential agreement creates a positive outcome for all parties involved and will help solidify the leadership of Workhorse’s role in the EV community,” Workhorse CEO Duane Hughes said in a statement.
….in 3 separate locations, creating another 450 jobs. I have been working nicely with GM to get this done. Thank you to Mary B, your GREAT Governor, and Senator Rob Portman. With all the car companies coming back, and much more, THE USA IS BOOMING!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2019
GM has also announced it will invest $700 million in Ohio at three separate locations and add 450 jobs in the state in coming years.
“We remain committed to growing manufacturing jobs in the U.S., including in Ohio, and we see this development as a potential win-win for everyone,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “Workhorse has innovative technologies that could help preserve Lordstown’s more than 50-year tradition of vehicle assembly work.”
Workhorse recently disclosed plans to put both an electric pickup truck and a small electric delivery van into production. Its plug-in electric pickup truck concept, dubbed the Workhorse W-15, featured a 60 kWh battery, a hauling capacity of 2,250 pounds and a tow capacity of 6,000 pounds. The truck supports both standard socket charging, which will take about 10 hours to fill the battery, along with DC fast charging that can fill it from flat to full in about one hour.
Workhorse estimates the truck will have a pure electric driving range of around 75 miles and a total gas-electric range of 310 miles.
Earlier this year, Workhorse indicated it had around 6,000 pre-orders for the W-15 pickup. The initial vehicles will go to fleets, with deliveries expected to commence later this year.
The final Chevrolet Cruze rolled off the assembly line at the Lordstown plant on March 8th, while Cruze spare parts production ended in early April.
Update: An earlier version of this story cited tweets from President Donald Trump. GM has clarified it’s in discussions with Workhorse and has not agreed to sell the plant at the time.