U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited the General Motors Factory Zero plant in Hamtramck, Michigan this week as the automaker continued to prepare the site to produce the GMC Hummer EV later this year.
Granholm was joined by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence on the tour of the plant, which was renamed Factory Zero in 2020 after GM allocated numerous future EV models to the facility.
“Hosted by GM President Mark Reuss and GM Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Sustainability Gerald Johnson, the tour included an interactive demonstration in Factory ZERO’s body shop as well as a walking tour of the facility’s modular general assembly line,” GM said of Granholm’s tour in a media release published Friday. “Employees showcased state-of-the-art operator tools and testing and validation of GMC Hummer EV pre-production pickups.”
Granholm is no stranger to GM EVs. Granholm starred in a pro-EV video tweeted out by President Biden’s Twitter account last month, which showed the Secretary of Energy driving around in a Chevy Bolt EV and explaining the advantages of EVs to national climate advisor Gina McCarthy. The video was shared following the release of President Biden’s new infrastructure bill, which includes funding to build a new nationwide charging network with 500,000 individual vehicle chargers.
The White House put the spotlight on the U.S. auto industry this week, with President Biden inviting GM, Ford and Stellantis to the White House to discuss future EV development and production. Biden signed an executive order on Thursday that will aim for half of all new vehicles sold to be either hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell EVs or battery-electric EVs. American electric automaker Tesla was left out of the meeting as it does not have a unionized workforce.