General Motors announced Monday that it will invest more than $2 billion in its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to make the facility the automaker’s first devoted entirely to electric vehicles.
The company said its first all-electric truck will be manufactured at the plant, which is scheduled to begin production in late 2021. It will be followed by the Cruise Origin, described as an electric, self-driving vehicle.
“Through this investment, GM is taking a big step forward in making our vision of an all-electric future a reality,” GM President Mark Reuss said during a press event at the plant with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and other local and state officials, according to the company. “Our electric pickup will be the first of multiple electric truck variants we will build at Detroit-Hamtramck over the next few years.”
“The support from the state of Michigan was a key element in making this investment possible,” he added. “This investment helps ensure that Michigan will remain at the epicenter of the global automotive industry as we continue our journey to an electrified future.”
The automaker claims the plant, once fully operational, will create more than 2,200 manufacturing jobs. GM further pledged to invest $800 million in projects related to the launch, such as supplier tooling.
The automaker has said it plans to invest $7.7 billion across U.S. plants in the next four years.