GM's electric pickup to revive Detroit factory?
The possibility of building the EV at Detroit-Hamtramck has leaked as the UAW continues its strike.
General Motors is reportedly considering building an all-electric pickup at its Detroit-Hamtramck factory.
The company last year announced plans to shutter the Detroit-Hamtramck and Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plants. Reducing the number of factories was pitched as necessary as the industry faces a downturn and certain unpopular models are cut from the lineup.
An unnamed insider has now told The Drive that GM's electric pickup and battery module are expected to be built in the US. The truck is said to be a potential lifeline for Detroit-Hamtramck, which has already experienced layoffs despite a temporary production extension into January 2020.
It is unclear if GM has explicitly proposed the pickup plan to United Auto Workers negotiators as the union's strike moves past its first day.
The company's Lordstown plant has been the subject of unique controversy after GM confirmed 'talks' to sell or lease the massive factory to a little-known EV startup, Workhorse, that has not publicly confirmed any contracts big enough to warrant $300 million in estimated retooling costs. The proposal has consequently been criticized as a "PR stunt."
GM and Ford are both working on electric pickups, however both seem skeptical that zero-emissions trucks will generate significant sales in the next five years. If so, any commitment to eventually build EVs at Detroit-Hamtramck may not prevent more layoffs in the near term.
GM on Monday claimed to have offered $7 billion in US investments and more than 5,400 new jobs in its latest UAW contract negotiations. The company has since confirmed that talks have resumed.
"Our goal remains to reach an agreement that builds a stronger future for our employees and our business," the automaker said in a statement.