General Motors is making a pivot to all-electric vehicle technology, with plans to launch 30 new EV models by 2025, and the eventual goal of achieving the number-one electric vehicle market share in North America. Naturally, this wave of new all-electric vehicles will require massive production capacity to back it, and to that end, more than half of all General Motors’ manufacturing plants in the U.S. and China will be capable of producing EVs by 2030.
During a presentation given October 6th at the recent GM’s investor meeting, General Motors announced that half of its manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and China will be “capable of EV production” by the start of the next decade.
At present, General Motors has just two EV-capable manufacturing facilities in North America, namely Lake Orion Assembly, located in Lake Orion, Michigan, and Factory Zero, formerly known as Detroit-Hamtramck, also located in Michigan. The Lake Orion facility is responsible for production of the Chevy Bolt EV and all-new Chevy Bolt EUV, while Factory Zero is gearing up for production of the GMC Hummer EV off-roader, as well as the Cruise Origin, an all-electric, fully autonomous ride-sharing vehicle.
Meanwhile, upgrades are underway at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, and CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Canada, with both facilities prepping for future EV production. The GM Ramos Arizpe plant will be responsible for manufacturing of the drive units that will power the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq luxury vehicle following a $1 billion investment from General Motors, while the CAMI facility will produce the BrightDrop EV600 all-electric delivery vehicle starting November of 2022.
Meanwhile, in China, General Motors has two EV-capable production facilities. One is located in Wuhan and is responsible for production of the Chevy Menlo EV and Buick Velite 6, while the other is located in Liuzhou, Guangxi and is responsible for production of SAIC-GM-Wuling electric minicars such as the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV.