According to a report by Reuters, assembly of the Hummer EV pickup will be paused for a few weeks in late November, allowing GM to make upgrades necessary to facilitate increased EV production. GM is moving up its planned body shop upgrades at Factory Zero – née GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant – for production of the Chevrolet Silverado EV in 2023. The upgrades will require the plant to be temporarily taken offline.
Last month, GM revealed that it currently has 90,000 reservations for the GMC Hummer EV SUV and Hummer EV Pickup combined – enough to prompt the automaker to stop taking new reservations for the battery electric pickup and SUV. GMC says that new units of the Hummer EV pickup are being built and shipped daily, with reservations filled in the order in which they were received. As of July, GM has produced 1,700 examples of the GMC Hummer EV Pickup.
While GM says that it will considerably ramp up Hummer EV production in the second half of 2022 – likely to coincide with the opening of its Ultium Cells battery plants – idling its assembly at Factory Zero suggests that GM is willing to sacrifice at least a few weeks of output to set up for its other EVs that will be made at the plant.
Meanwhile, GM favored Cadillac Lyriq production over that of the Hummer EV over the summer, having built 50 units of the GMC and 250 units of the Cadillac in July. The restriction is likely directly linked to the amount of batteries the automaker can currently procure.
The temporary halt in vehicle assembly operations at Factory Zero isn’t the first time the plant has been taken offline to accommodate upgrades. In fact, production at the plant was idled from June 27th through July 22nd, 2022 for the installation of new tooling, machinery and equipment to support production of the Hummer EV Pickup.