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GM invests $449M in Michigan electric vehicles facilities

The investment, announced at the Automotive Press Association, is the largest to date at both facilities

April 8, 2014  by Canadian Manufacturing.com Staff

DETROIT—General Motors has announced a US$449-million investment to upgrade manufacturing processes at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly plants.

The investment will support GM’s next generation of electric vehicles and battery technologies.

“These investments will help the next-generation Chevrolet Volt build on its position as the leader in electrified propulsion,” said Gerald Johnson, vice-president of GM’s North American Manufacturing.

The investment, announced at the Automotive Press Association, is the largest to date at both facilities and includes $384 million at Detroit-Hamtramck for new Body Shop tooling, equipment, and additional plant upgrades to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt and two future products.

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GM’s total investment at Detroit-Hamtramck is now more than $1 billion over the last five years.

GM’s $65 million investment at its Brownstown Battery Assembly will support the next generation of lithium-ion battery production and future battery systems.

“While challenges remain throughout the auto industry, this announcement shows that [Michigan] is looking to the future, and the resulting technological advancements will strengthen our economy and benefit our environment,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said.

The Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant is the world’s only automotive plant that mass-produces extended-range electric vehicles—namely the Volt, Cadillac ELR and Opel Ampera—for markets in 33 countries.

Detroit-Hamtramck also builds the Chevrolet Malibu and Impala sedans and is home to a 264,000-square-foot photovoltaic solar array that can generate up to 516 kilowatts of electricity, or enough to charge 150 electric vehicles per day.

Brownstown Battery Assembly’s 479,000-square-foot, landfill-free facility south of Detroit produces the lithium-ion battery packs for GM’s extended-range electric vehicles. It started mass production in October 2010 and is the first high-volume manufacturing site in the U.S. operated by a major automaker for automotive lithium-ion battery production. The site received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding through the U.S. Department of Energy.


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