“General Motors today announced its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center will be known as Factory Zero, reconfigured to an all-electric vehicle assembly plant,” the automaker said in a prepared statement. “The name Factory Zero reflects the significance of this facility in advancing GM’s zero-crashes, zero-emissions and zero-congestion future”
GM is investing a massive $2.2 billion into Factory Zero for retooling and various other upgrades – the single largest investment the company has ever made into a manufacturing facility at one time. Both the GMC Hummer EV SUT and SUV will be built at Factory Zero, along with the new Cruise Origin robotaxi. Other GM EVs will also be built at the plant, the automaker said, but it has not confirmed any beyond the Hummer EV and Origin.
“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,” said GM’s executive vice president of Global Manufacturing, Gerald Johnson. “The electric trucks and SUVs that will be built here will help transform GM and the automotive industry.”
Some of the upgrades being performed at Factory Zero include a new employee entryway, a complete renovation/retooling of the general assembly area, paint shop and body shop and the addition of a battery assembly area and fully automated storage center.
Production of the GMC Hummer EV at Factory Zero will commence in late 2021. The Cruise Origin is expected to enter production sometime in 2022, likely later in the year, though GM has not made an official announcement as to when it will start building the innovative, driverless shared vehicle.
GM’s new lithium-ion battery plant in Ohio, which it is building through a new joint venture with battery supplier LG Chem, will support production at Factory Zero. The Lordstown, Ohio-area plant will handle the production of the Ultium battery cells that will power the vast majority of future GM EVs, including both the GMC Hummer EV and Cruise Origin.
Additionally, Factory Zero will run off 100% renewable energy by 2023 – in line with GM’s goal of power all of its U.S. manufacturing centers with renewables by 2030. The automaker also hopes to power all of its facilities worldwide with green energy by as early as 2040.
“This manufacturing plant will be the epitome of GM’s vision by sustainably manufacturing electric and shared autonomous vehicles that can help reduce crashes, emissions and congestion,” concluded GM’s chief sustainability officer, Dane Parker.
When fully operational, Factory Zero will create more than 2,200 good-paying American jobs, GM says. It’s currently not clear how many people it will employ while production is still ramping up in late 2021/early 2022.