General Motors is gearing up to welcome President Biden to the grand opening of its new all-electric vehicle production facility in Detroit, Michigan, otherwise known as Factory Zero. President Biden is slated to visit the facility on Wednesday, November 17th, at which time the facility will officially ramp up production.
“Factory ZERO is the culmination of GM’s multibillion-dollar U.S. investment in people, product and process,” the automaker recent stated. “The electric trucks, SUVs and autonomous vehicles built at Factory ZERO will transform GM and the automotive industry.”
The grand opening of Factory Zero follows a rather tumultuous history, with General Motors previously designating the facility (previously known as Detroit-Hamtramck) for permanent closure. However, following negotiations with the United Auto Workers labor union (UAW) in 2019, General Motors instead opted to retool the facility for exclusive electric vehicle production, investing some $2.2 billion and renaming the facility as Factory Zero.
The facility is now expected to employ some 2,200 workers when running at full capacity, roughly double the employees that worked at the facility prior to retooling. The first vehicle to be produced at Factory Zero will be the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup truck. Further products include Cruise Origin, GM’s upcoming all-electric, autonomous ride sharing vehicle, as well as the upcoming all-electric variant of the Chevy Silverado.
The name is a nod towards GM’s goal of achieving zero emissions from its light-duty vehicle lineus in the next several decades thanks to a pivot to all-electric vehicles. GM has also stated that it hopes to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. In order to cut emissions, General Motors has announced plans to release 30 new EVs globally by 2025.
Meanwhile, President Biden has voiced his strong support for the mass-adoption of electric vehicles as a means of combating the effects of anthropogenic climate change. President Biden has previously proposed new EV tax credits and incentives and expansions to the EV charging infrastructure.