As reported by GM Authority back in July 2022, the future of the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas was unclear, as General Motors at the time was uncertain of what direction to take with the facility. Now, The General has agreed to invest nearly $400 million into the plant to build electric vehicles following negotiations with the UAW.
Under the tentative agreement between the UAW and GM, the Detroit-based automaker has committed to investing $391 million into the Fairfax facility to build EVs. Notably, this investment depends on the ratification of the tentative contract between the two aforementioned parties, as the unionized members need to vote on whether or not to accept the terms following its approval over the weekend by the UAW GM Council.
For reference, the Fairfax plant currently assembles the Chevy Malibu and Cadillac XT4. As of the time of this writing, General Motors has yet to confirm any details about a potential next-gen Malibu. As for the XT4, Cadillac will only sell all-electric vehicles by 2030, so the luxury subcompact crossover only has a couple years of life left in its current form until it’s replaced by an EV anyways.
In regard to exactly what the Fairfax plant will produce following the transition to electric vehicle production, General Motors has yet to reveal any details on the topic.
It’s worth noting that this development is just one of a long list of investments General Motors has announced over the past few months. Some examples of other EV-related investments include:
- GM Orion plant – $4 billion for future electric vehicles
- GM Spring Hill plant – $2 billion for Cadillac Lyriq production along with another GM EV and the Acura ZDX
- GM Lansing River plant – $1.25 billion for electric vehicle production
- GM Toledo plant – $760 million for drive unit production
- GM Tonawanda plant – $300 million for drive unit production
- GM Warren plant – $81 million for Cadillac Celestiq production
- GM Defiance plant – $8 million for EV casting cell