General Motors Co. today announced a $2.2-billion transformation of its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center near I-75 and I-94 into an all-electric vehicle assembly plant. Renamed Factory ZERO, it will be the launchpad for GM’s multi-brand EV strategy.
The GMC HUMMER EV pickup and the Cruise Origin, a purpose-built electric, self-driving, shared vehicle, and other GM EVs will be built at Factory ZERO. Production of the GMC HUMMER EV pickup will begin in late 2021.
The ongoing renovation of the facility includes advanced technology and tooling, and was redesigned with a focus on sustainable manufacturing. Company officials say Factory ZERO reflects GM’s advancement of zero-crashes, zero-emissions, and zero-congestion future.
“Factory ZERO is the next battleground in the EV race and will be GM’s flagship assembly plant in our journey to an all-electric future,” says Gerald Johnson, executive vice president of global manufacturing at GM. “The electric trucks and SUVs that will be built here will help transform GM and the automotive industry.”
GM’s investment in the Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center includes retooling and upgrades that will position the facility to build EVs at scale. It represents the single largest investment in a plant in GM history. Once fully operational, the plant will create more than 2,200 U.S. manufacturing jobs.
Both the upcoming GMC HUMMER EV and the Cruise Origin will be built on GM’s Ultium battery platform. Ultium is flexible enough to build a wide range of EVs —cars, trucks, and more — and is the heart of GM’s future EV lineup.
Factory ZERO is being transformed with sustainability in mind. During the plant’s physical transition, concrete waste was repurposed to create temporary roadways. The site also recycled stormwater to reduce discharge costs and offset the cost of potable water.
Treated stormwater will be used in cooling towers and the fire suppression system. Recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council, the site also features a 16.5-acre wildlife habitat and is home to species such as monarchs, foxes, and turkeys.
GM officials say they are committed to sourcing 100 percent of the company’s U.S. facilities with renewable energy by 2030, and all global facilities by 2040.
All DTE Energy-supplied GM facilities in southeast Michigan, including Factory ZERO, will be powered by renewable energy by 2023. The factory also features a 30-kilowatt solar carport and 516-kilowatt ground-mount photovoltaic solar array from DTE Energy.
“This manufacturing plant will be the epitome of GM’s vision by sustainably manufacturing electric and shared autonomous vehicles that can help reduce crashes, emissions and congestion,” says Dane Parker, chief sustainability officer at GM.