General Motors will make an announcement regarding future production allocation at its Factory Zero plant in suburban Detroit this week.
In a statement released Monday, the automaker revealed its president, Mark Reuss, would be on hand at the Factory Zero plant on Tuesday, April 6th at 12 p.m. ET to make an important product-related announcement. The announcement will be live-streamed via GM’s dedicated online media portal and no in-person media will be invited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Factory Zero is GM’s new dedicated electric vehicle production facility. The plant, formerly called Detroit-Hamtramck, is currently undergoing a $2.2 billion transformation – the largest investment GM has ever made into a single production facility. Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations, previously said Factory Zero would be “GM’s flagship assembly plant in our journey to an all-electric future,” and will be a key part of its business going forward.
GM has already confirmed three products for Factory Zero. The GMC Hummer EV pickup truck and closely related GMC Hummer EV SUV will both be produced at the Michigan facility, along with the Cruise Origin robotaxi. All three of these vehicles will use GM Ultium lithium-ion batteries and Ultium Drive electric motors.
“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,” Dane Parker, GM chief sustainability officer, said in a statement released earlier this year.
Factory Zero places an emphasis on sustainability and will use treated stormwater in its cooling towers and fire suppression system. The site of the plant will also include a protected 16.5-acre wildlife habitat recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council, which is home to a variety of animals including monarch butterflies, foxes and wild turkeys.
GM expects Factory Zero to employ around 2,200 workers once it’s up and running at full capacity. The GMC Hummer EV pickup is expected to be the first vehicle to be built there, with the First Edition trim level set to begin rolling off the assembly line later this year.
GM Authority will have complete details on the Factory Zero announcement following tomorrow’s press conference at noon.