General Motors Co. reportedly will use its revived Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to build all-electric versions of its fullsize Cadillac Escalade and GMC Sierra SUVs.
LMC Automotive tells Automotive News the facility will begin making electric pickup trucks and large vans in 2021, then add the two SUV models in 2023.
GM had planned to close the Hamtramck facility in January. It agreed instead under terms of its new four-year labor contract with the United Auto Workers union to turn the factory into an EV production center.
The $3 billion overhaul will reduce the plant’s annual capacity to about 100,000 units from the current 130,000 vehicles, according to LMC Automotive.
Although “Detroit” is synonymous with “automotive production,” the only major OEM that actually manufactures vehicles within the city limits is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, as it runs the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, where the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango are built.
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