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After months of uncertainty regarding General Motors’ “unallocated” Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, Michigan, there’s finally official word on the plant’s future. Today, the automaker announced Detroit-Hamtramck will serve as its first, fully dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant.

GM is investing $2.2 billion in Detroit-Hamtramck to build “a variety” of fully electric trucks and SUVs, the automaker confirmed via a press release today. We can expect to see the automaker’s first all-electric pickup start production in late 2021. Production of the Cruise Origin, GM’s self-driving shuttle bus that was announced last week, will follow after that.

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Once the plant is fully operational, GM claims it will create over 2,200 jobs. Additionally, it will invest another $800 million in supplier tooling and other endeavors related to launching the electric trucks. Upgrades including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling will be added to Detroit-Hamtramck’s paint and body shops and general assembly area.

Last December, we reported a rumor that South Korean chemical company LG Chem had plans to invest $916 million in an EV battery joint venture with GM. Today, GM also stated LG Chem is actually investing $2.3 billion to produce battery cells in Lordstown, Ohio. Those battery cells will supply the EVs made at Detroit-Hamtramck.

GM didn’t name any specific EV models it plans to build at Detroit-Hamtramck; however, other rumors have claimed the so-called BT1 electric truck and SUV program will include a new and dedicated EV architecture, including a skateboard-design chassis.

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“When the plant reaches full production in 2024, it is expected to build about 80,000 electric vehicles a year,” the unnamed sources told Reuters last October. Also, an all-electric revival of the Hummer brand is apparently “under consideration.”

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