GM recently reviewed the possibility of exclusively producing electric vehicles at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico by 2024, according to a tweet by the Mexican government’s economy ministry following a meeting with the Detroit-based automaker.
Currently, the GM Ramos Arizpe plant manufactures the ICE-powered Chevy Blazer and Chevy Equinox crossovers, while the Equinox is also built at the GM San Luis Potosí plant in Mexico. Thus far, the Chevy Blazer EV and Chevy Equinox EV are the only electric vehicles confirmed to be produced at this manufacturing plant, with the possibility of the upcoming Ultium-based Honda Prologue crossover. Eventually, GM plans the Ramos Arizpe plant to export EVs to more than 45 countries around the globe.
This development comes as GM Mexico head Francisco Garza expects Mexico to miss its EV targets. Currently, the Mexican government has a goal to have 30 percent of all production be related to electric vehicles by 2030, while Garza thinks the number will be closer to 15 percent.
It’s worth noting that these percentages refer to electric-powered vehicles as a whole, not just GM EVs.
La Sria. de Economía, Raquel Buenrostro, se reunió con General Motors. Informaron que en 2024 su complejo industrial de Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, producirá solo vehículos eléctricos. Anunciaron el incremento de 5 mil empleos, fomentando la inclusión de género en su plantilla. pic.twitter.com/qatRlGLLwO
— Economía México (@SE_mx) January 3, 2023
GM Authority previously reported back in July 2020 that General Motors was considering retooling the Mexican-based assembly plant for EV production. Then, a little less than a year later, GM halted production at the manufacturing complex in order to expand production lines. Since then, The General has invested more than $1 billion to facilitate the construction of equipment that can handle GM’s Ultium vehicle architecture.
This significant investment will transform the Ramos Arizpe plant into the fifth GM North America manufacturing site to produce electric vehicles, joining the likes of the EV plants in Spring Hill, Tennessee, Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck and Lake Orion, both in Michigan, as well as CAMI in Ingersoll, Ontario.