General Motors is opening the new GM Factory Zero plant, the automaker’s first production facility devoted exclusively towards the production of all-electric vehicles. To celebrate, GM is live-streaming the grand opening ceremony over the Internet, which you can watch right here.
The GM Factory Zero plant, previously known as GM Detroit-Hamtramck, will launch production of the new 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup, with further all-electric products like the new Cruise Origin autonomous ride sharing vehicle and upcoming Chevy Silverado EV also slated to roll off the line in the future. All vehicles built at Factory Zero will incorporate GM’s Ultium Platform, including vehicle architecture, Ultium Drive motors, and Ultium battery cells.
The GM Factory Zero facility was updated following a $2.2 billion investment from General Motors to retool the facility for the mass production of all-electric vehicles, making for the single largest production facility investment in GM history. Prior to retooling and a rename as Factory Zero, the facility was slated for permanent closure. However, after negotiations between GM and the United Auto Workers labor union during the UAW labor strike in 2019, GM decided to renovate the facility for EV production.
Looking ahead, the GM Factory Zero plant will employ around 2,200 employees when running at full capacity, roughly double the number of workers prior to the renovations.
The Factory Zero name is a nod to GM’s goal of reaching zero emissions with its light-duty vehicle line over the next several decades. General Motors has stated that it plans to launch 30 new EV models globally by 2025. GM has also indicated that it will work towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2040.
President Biden will visit the GM Factory Zero plant during its grand opening today. The Biden Administration has voiced support for the mass-adoption of all-electric vehicles as a means of reducing the effects of anthropogenic climate change.
Check out the grand opening ceremony: