Earlier this month, General Motors Co. confirmed plans to invest $449 million in its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and Brownstown Township battery assembly facility to build the next-generation plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, and possibly other electric vehicles. (image (c) General Motors.)
“Gerald Johnson, GM’s vice president of North American manufacturing, told attendees at the Automotive Press Association lunch in Detroit that the investment will include $384 million at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant for body shop tooling, equipment and plant upgrades; and $65 million at its Brownstown Township battery assembly facility to expand GM’s advanced lithium-ion battery production and future battery systems,” according to a report in the Detroit News.
“These investments mean more benefits for our customers for sure, and more economic growth for Detroit and for Michigan,” Johnson said in the News story.
You bet it is! This is the best news for a while for investments in Michigan-based electric vehicle manufacturing.
An investment this size should convince the naysayers that GM is serious about the long-term potential for electric vehicles.
Expanding the market will encourage GM to make even more investments, creating even more jobs, which will add to the state’s economy, generating more taxes and allowing the state to do more to stimulate manufacturing and sales.
GM is doing its part. Let’s make sure our state leaders do all they can to help too, for example by supporting efforts to expand EV charging infrastructure around the state. (Check out my Stateside interview for more on why we need to support more EV charging opportunities to level the playing field with gasoline-fueled vehicles.)
Thanks for all you do.
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center