According to a recent report from Automotive News, the GM Factory Zero plant will be offline between June 27th and July 22nd in order to install new tooling, machinery, and equipment in support of GM’s all-electric pickup production.
According to GM spokesman Dan Flores, the downtime and added production capacity for the facility arrive sooner than originally planned.
“These upgrades will also help prepare the plant for future products, including the Chevrolet Silverado EV,” Flores said.
In addition to the new Chevy Silverado EV, the plant will also produce the GMC Sierra Denali electric pickup and the fully autonomous Cruise Origin robo-taxi. What’s more, the plant will assemble new Ultium battery packs for future GM all-electric vehicles.
The first vehicle to roll off the line at the GM Factory Zero plant was the GMC Hummer EV pickup. To celebrate the opening of the facility, GM CEO Mary Barra rang the opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange from the floor of the facility, after which President Joe Biden paid a visit and drove the new all-electric pickup.
The GM Factory Zero plant reopened late last year following a $2.2 billion investment to upgrade the facility for EV production.
“GM’s U.S. manufacturing expertise is key to achieving our all-electric future,” Barra said in a prepared statement following the re-opening of the facility in 2021. “This is a monumental day for the entire GM team. We retooled Factory Zero with the best, most advanced technology in the world to build the highest quality electric vehicles for our customers.”
A total of 99 customers received new units of the GMC Hummer EV pickup during the first quarter of the 2022 calendar year. Meanwhile, the new GMC Hummer EV SUV is slated to launch next year. GM says it has accumulated a combined 77,500 reservations for the GMC Hummer EV SUV and pickup thus far.