We're taking another step forward in our journey to an all-electric, zero-emissions future by sharing an update on the facility and on how this investment will get us one step closer to putting everyone in an EV.
Ahead of next week's official debut for the GMC Hummer EV, General Motors announced Friday that its Detroit-Hamtramck factory is being renamed Factory Zero. GM says that's the most it has ever spent on a production facility, and when the plant's cranking out EVs at scale it will have created 2,200 manufacturing jobs.
GM said that the Hummer EV pickup will start production at the facility in late 2021, keeping closely to the fall 2021 timeline given by CEO Mary Barra a year ago. A Hummer SUV will come along later. The stormwater will be used for fire suppression and by the cooling towers, but the green accolades don't stop here.
In the process of shifting the site's image toward sustainability, GM notes that it already has an adjacent 16.5-acre wildlife habitat recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council. Factory ZERO is planned to switch to 100-percent renewably energy by 2023, and two of the sources for clean energy are the 30-kilowatt solar carport and a 516-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array.
Gerald Johnson, executive vice president of Global Manufacturing, will provide an update on the new facility, which will be the launchpad for GM's multi-brand EV strategy. "The electric trucks and SUVs that will be built here will help transform GM and the automotive industry".