The Detroit News obtained a copy of documents outlining previously unreleased details of the proposal, which indicate GM will assign production of its upcoming electric pickup truck to the Metro Detroit plant. While it was previously reported the electric pickup would likely be built at Detroit-Hamtramck, reports about an electric van heading there are new. We were aware GM was interested in producing an electric utility van, with the automaker indicating its upcoming EV platform would be flexible enough to underpin all types of vehicles, but this report essentially confirms the automaker is going ahead with the idea.
We previously reported the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size utility vans would remain in production until 2023. It’s not clear if the van set to be built at Detroit-Hamtramck will replace the Express and Savana, or if it will be a different product entirely.
In addition to the electric truck and van, Detroit-Hamtramck would also house a battery cell production facility under the proposed contract. These three projects would support as many as 2,225 jobs at the plant when running at full capacity. GM plans to invest $3 billion into the plant to convert it to produce electric vehicles and battery cells.
In total, the proposed contract would see GM invest $7 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations and add or retain 9,000 U.S. jobs. Of that, $1.5 billion would go to its Wentzville Assembly plant in order to support production of the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, retaining 2,000 jobs at the facility, while a combined $1 billion would go to Spring Hill Manufacturing for production of next-generation crossovers. Spring Hill currently builds the GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac XT6. Another $2 billion of the claimed $7 billion investment will be for refurbishing other U.S. plants, though the document The Detroit News obtained did not specify where exactly the investments would go.
The UAW is set to vote on the contract proposal, with members expected to start turning on ballots on Saturday and the votes tallied before the end of the month. In an unexpected turn of events, the union decided to remain on strike while the ratification vote proceeds, rather than returning to work for the interim.