General Motors Factory ZERO Plant
GM’s Factory ZERO, formerly known as the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, is an all-electric vehicle assembly plant. The name Factory ZERO is a reflection of the advancement towards GM’s zero-crashes, zero-emissions and zero-congestion future. Factory ZERO will be the launchpad for GM’s multi-brand EV strategy. The facility has advanced technology and tooling and was designed with a focus on sustainable manufacturing.
- Year opened: TBD
- Facility size: 4+ million square feet
2500 East Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan, 48211
- Employee information:
- Total: 2,200+ (projected)
Notably, the GMC Hummer EV pickup and the Cruise Origin, a purpose-built electric, self-driving, shared vehicle, and other GM EVs will be built at Factory ZERO. Production of the GMC Hummer EV pickup will begin in late 2021. GM’s expanding EV portfolio will be backed by GM’s Ultium battery platform, which utilizes Ultium drive technology.
“Factory ZERO is the next battleground in the EV race and will be GM’s flagship assembly plant in our journey to an all-electric future,” said Gerald Johnson, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “The electric trucks and SUVs that will be built here will help transform GM and the automotive industry.”
Both the upcoming GMC HUMMER EV and the Cruise Origin will be built on GM’s Ultium battery platform. Ultium is flexible enough to build a wide range of EVs — cars, trucks and more — and is the heart of GM’s future EV lineup.
The General says that Factory ZERO is being transformed with sustainability in mind. During the plant’s physical transition, concrete waste was repurposed to create temporary roadways. The site also recycled stormwater to reduce discharge costs and offset the cost of potable water. Treated stormwater will be used in cooling towers and the fire suppression system. Recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council, the site also features a 16.5-acre wildlife habitat and is home to species such as monarchs, foxes and turkeys.
“This manufacturing plant will be the epitome of GM’s vision by sustainably manufacturing electric and shared autonomous vehicles that can help reduce crashes, emissions and congestion,” said Dane Parker, GM chief sustainability officer.
As such, Factory ZERO embodies GM’s commitment to sourcing 100 percent of its U.S. facilities with renewable energy by 2030, and all global facilities by 2040. All DTE-supplied GM facilities in southeast Michigan, including Factory ZERO, will be powered by renewable energy by 2023. The factory also features a 30-kilowatt solar carport and 516-kilowatt ground-mount photovoltaic solar array from DTE.
GM’s $2.2 billion investment in Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center represents the single largest investment in a plant in GM history, and the retooling and upgrades will position the facility to build EVs at scale. Once fully operational, the plant will create more than 2,200 good-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs.