GM Expanding Operations In Michigan For EV Manufacturing24
As General Motors pivots toward its goal of manufacturing one million new EVs annually in North America by 2025, it is progressively expanding its operations in Michigan to support the goal.
According to Crain’s Detroit Business, GM is currently in the process of leasing some or possibly all of the former AMC headquarters building on Plymouth Road in Detroit. Measuring 760,000 square feet, this facility will be used to support EV manufacturing at the GM Factory Zero plant in Detroit-Hamtramck. The space is approximately 7.5 miles from Factory Zero, which currently produces the GMC Hummer EV Pickup. In the future, Factory Zero will also assemble the Hummer EV SUV, the Chevrolet Silverado EV, the GMC Sierra EV and the Cruise Origin EV.
GM also reportedly signed a lease for a space of around 715,000 square feet in another building, which is located in Pontiac, Michigan. This new facility will support EV production at the GM Orion Lake plant, where the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are built.
Additionally, a GM supplier signed a lease for 742,000 square feet of space in Wixom, Michigan. This location is the former site of GM crosstown rival’s Ford Motor Company’s Wixom plant. This building will be used to store and ship parts for GM.
These new real estate deals come on the heels of upgrades to the aforementioned assembly plants. In early 2022, GM announced a $6.5 billion investment in its Lake Orion and Delta Township plants. The Lake Orion investment is earmarked for battery and EV production beyond the Bolts, while the Delta Township outlay is for Ultium battery production. Production at Factory Zero, meanwhile, was temporarily idled in June as the automaker upgraded the plant to expand its EV production capacity.
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The Pontiac site is located on the site of the old Pontiac Truck Assembly plant.
Whatever, just keep making ICE vehicles for me!
The old American Axle site is only about 12 blocks away from GM factory zero plant, it would make more sense to use this site location.
Got to give them credit, Building them in the US is a plus. Ford cannot, they do it in Mexico currently, but it is a bit interesting that they say north America versus the US. That allows them to do like the blazer and build them in Mexico or Canada because of a technicality they hope you will miss.
The Lightning and E-Transit are both built here. The Mach-E is built in Mexico.
Shot in the arm for Pontiac. When I last visited that city, it looked sad.
GM as a whole has tried to help Detroit. There is no reason for them to remain in the Ren Center other than to help Detroit. A smaller building on the tech center campus could do all they need.
GM has worked to keep as much as they can afford in country and really does not get the credit they should for that they do. If they build some of these out side vehicles in country there would be no money and it would be more expensive to export them to other countries vs the united states.
It is sad that taxes, wages, trade laws and tariffs can make things difficult.
They could do more to help their end customers by taking on their thieving scumbag dealers…
Now I wonder if they regret selling the sites they already owned…aka Rivian? was it?
Rivian bought an old Mitsubishi sight if a recall correctly. You may be thinking of the old Lordstown facility.
No property is cheap in Detroit Metro and they are going to build new vs convert anything.
Lets face it few people are wanting to expand in Detroit.
I have been waiting for my C8, for 31 + months , now. So this time, we ordered an Equinox EV , for my wife, but we ordered from 2 dealers with a 250$ refundable deposit. I do not trust GM anymore, to deliver on their promises. I was PROMISED, a 2021 C8, but I am still waiting for a 2023 !!! Ridiculous customer service on there part. First come, first serve, should be the norm. My dealership is pissed off also because they are losing sales. I hope to get my allocation for December or January , now , so I can sell my 2017 Z51 2LT Vette for a better price in spring. I live in Canada and winter is coming , fast , this year and my Vettes stay in the garage for 4 to 5 months anyway.
Every company is having issues like this on popular models.
The dealers of all companies are fighting for allocations of new popular models and it is not pretty.
To be honest this is also a problem with too many dealers. GM needs to lose a lot of them to get to levels that the competition has. Or just sell direct.
Parts shortages and economy are making a mess of this for everyone.
Heck you want a bigger mess. Go to Ferrari. They on many models decide if they want to sell you a car then you wait 3-4 years on some models. Then they stick it to you with major upkeep on the car. It can be worse.
So you bought the most highly anticipated vehicle during a pandemic where everything was shut down and is now riddled with supply issues, transportation problems, staffing issues and a whole host of problems and complain because your dealer in Canada can’t get an allocation and promised you something they couldn’t deliver on? Sounds like you have a problem with the dealer, I hope the Equinox EV wasn’t ordered through them because this is again just like the Vette; a hot new vehicle you will be waiting on. They are going to fill larger US orders first as they are most profitable. Good luck but I think you are in for a whirl of wait across the board…
well it is a bit ridiculous to order something, get approved for it at the price of that date and them wait 2 years and still not receive it and then get charged the new price plus additional fuel and steel surcharges. we were all working through the pandemic. it makes no sense we were letting other use that as an excuse to live off government handouts for as long as they did
An HTC, sports car, is my dream car. It just happens to be a Vette. I use them every day and go to the drag strip with them. This thing is fast and cheap/price compared to a Porsche Ferrari etc.
In Ontario, Canada, they got theirs, between 4 to 10 months ! It was NOT a supply issue , it was more of the Province I live in. On the forum I am on, some of these dudes have had 4 , already , 2020 ,2021,2022,2023. So no , GM is not supplying evenly or even as promised. I have been first for an allocation since Mai 1st. My dealer was promised 3to 5 2023 but have gotten 1 up to now.
If you’re number one your dealers list and your dealer received one model so far, why didn’t you get it? Seems to me you have more of a beef with your dealer than GM
Because I was second, when he got that one. I should of been more precise.
When did Chevrolet start taking orders for the Equinox EV? On the Chevrolet site, the only option I see is to receive updates for the Equinox EV. You can reserve a Silverado EV, or a Blazer EV, or actually ORDER a Bolt/Bolt EUV.
Ordered ours 2 months ago.
Explain to me why GM is leasing space when they have locations empty in Pontiac. (The old Medium and Heavy Duty Truck Plants.) Also, why does GM keep funding the Ren Cen disaster money pit? They once had a building lease in Downtown Pontiac for GMC Truck Headquarters offices. Is it being leased out to someone else now? What about the old Pontiacs plants on Baldwin Road and Columbia Street? What about the torn down & confiscated Fiero plant land?