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November 17, 2021

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In celebration of the grand opening of General Motors Co. new electric vehicle plant in the city, CEO Mary Barra rings the opening bell this morning at the New York Stock Exchange from the floor at Factory Zero Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center.

President Joe Biden is visiting the plant this afternoon and will discuss how the $1 trillion infrastructure bill he signed Monday will help in the auto industry's transition from gas and diesel-powered vehicles to electric. The bill includes billions for an expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Factory Zero is home to the new GMC Hummer EV pickup truck arriving later this year. An SUV version of the Hummer and the electric Chevrolet Silverado will also eventually be made at the only GM assembly plant in Detroit.

GM invested $2.2 billion in the plant to make EVs there instead of closing the plant as it previously planned to do.

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General Motors Press Release: 11-17-2021

GM to Celebrate Grand Opening of Factory ZERO – an American EV Factory

  • Opening marks milestone in GM’s commitment to all-electric future
  • President Joe Biden will attend event and tour the new EV manufacturing facility
  • Factory ZERO is the model for GM’s renovation of existing facilities

DETROIT – Today, General Motors marks a major milestone in its commitment to an all-electric future as President Joe Biden, International UAW and UAW Local 22 leadership, plant employees and other officials join together to celebrate the grand opening of the Factory ZERO EV assembly plant.
Click here to watch the Factory ZERO grand opening celebration, Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 4:15 p.m. ET.
Production is now set to begin at the former Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, less than two years after GM announced the massive $2.2 billion investment to fully renovate the facility to build a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs.
“GM’s U.S. manufacturing expertise is key to achieving our all-electric future,” said GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra. “This is a monumental day for the entire GM team. We retooled Factory ZERO with the best, most advanced technology in the world to build the highest quality electric vehicles for our customers.”
The name Factory ZERO reflects the significant role the facility plays in advancing GM’s vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. Factory ZERO will be home to the 2022 GMC HUMMER EV Pickup, 2024 GMC HUMMER EV SUV, Chevrolet Silverado EV and the Cruise Origin, an all-electric, self-driving, shared vehicle. When fully operational, Factory ZERO will employ more than 2,200.
The debut of the Ultium Platform at Factory ZERO
All Factory ZERO EVs will be built on GM’s Ultium Platform, the heart of the company’s EV product strategy. The Ultium Platform encompasses a common vehicle architecture and propulsion components like battery cells, modules, packs, drive units, EV motors and integrated power electronics, and is fundamental at plants where EVs are produced.
Through the Ultium Platform, GM will realize a strategic value chain shift across its network of vehicle assembly plants as the company is able to commonize and streamline machinery, tooling and assembly processes. This flexibility enables lower capital investments and greater efficiencies as additional assembly plant transformations occur.
Factory ZERO – a showcase of GM’s competitive advantage
GM retooled Factory ZERO for EV production for two-thirds the capital required to build a greenfield plant, making the facility a model for future GM facility renovations. As the company continues its transition for an all-electric future, GM will avoid up to $15 billion in capital costs by 2030 through the renovation of existing manufacturing facilities versus ground-up construction. The figure grows to $20 billion to $30 billion at 100 percent transition of GM’s manufacturing facilities to support EV production. That capital can be redeployed more strategically for additional customer-facing products, services and technologies.
Along with the capital advantages, GM’s commitment to renovating its existing network of manufacturing facilities during the EV transition also saves time. An accelerated launch and production start allow the company to get new, innovative EVs to customers sooner. Pre-production of the 2022 GMC HUMMER EV pickups began at Factory ZERO this fall and the first GMC HUMMER EVs are on track to be delivered to customers by the end of the year.
“To meet our ambitious EV transition, GM’s North American EV vehicle assembly capacity will reach 20 percent by 2025, and then 50 percent by 2030,” said Gerald Johnson, GM’s executive vice president of Global Manufacturing and Sustainability. “Factory ZERO serves as a model for transitions that will take place at other factories around the world in the coming years.”
Using virtual tools and working in parallel with production engineering teams, GM cut the manufacturing launch time in half – from two years to less than one – creating a competitive advantage. By comparison, greenfield assembly plant planning and construction could take up to four years, from site selection to vehicle production.
GM estimates that 80 percent of the assembly process for an EV is the same as that for conventional vehicles. This is another driver of speed for GM. The company has refined and perfected its own standardized manufacturing processes over many decades, and will launch its expanding portfolio of EVs faster, with superior quality and a lower cost.
Factory ZERO’s greatest asset is its people
GM’s Factory ZERO team is backed by more than 90,000 industrial problem solvers on GM’s global manufacturing team, who have 1.4 million years of collective experience. They are managing an average of 11 major launches each year, both internal combustion engine and EV. As a result, GM can produce an EV in the same number of working hours it takes to build an ICE vehicle.
“Our people are GM’s true competitive advantage — an advantage you simply can’t buy or quickly build,” said Johnson. “At Factory ZERO, we are building on that experience with the training that will deliver EV and AV launch success with safety, quality and speed while continuing to drive down cost per unit.”
Factory ZERO – a commitment to sustainability
As an EV assembly plant, Factory ZERO plays a direct role in GM’s commitment to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035 and become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040. The company has already committed to invest $35 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles and plans to introduce more than 30 EV models by 2025. Factory ZERO serves as a real-world proof point for GM’s commitment to running its business in a sustainable manner.
Factory ZERO highlights include:
  • GM reused or recycled almost every material that came out of the facility during conversion, including crushed concrete from the old plant floor, which was repurposed for temporary roads around the facility.
  • Storm water will be recycled to reduce discharge costs and offset the cost of potable water.
  • Treated storm water will be used in cooling towers and the plant’s fire suppression system.
  • The site features a 30-kilowatt solar carport and 516-kW ground-mounted photovoltaic solar array from DTE Energy.
  • Factory ZERO’s site has a 16.5-acre wildlife habitat that is home to monarchs, foxes and turkeys.
Through Factory ZERO, GM is showcasing its manufacturing leadership capability and readiness for what will be a fundamental shift in mobility as the company transitions to an all-electric future.

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Production is now set to begin at the former Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, less than two years after GM announced the massive $2.2 billion investment to fully renovate the facility to build a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs. Pre-production of the 2022 GMC HUMMER EV pickups began at Factory ZERO this fall and GMC HUMMER EV is on track to deliver the first vehicles to customers by the end of the year. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors)














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GM stock just eclipsed its 52 week high at $64.99. Perhaps they'll bring back the dividend soon like Ford just did.
 
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Biden is pretty toxic right now, probably not a good idea to invite him.
Everybody was taking no chances at gm factory ZERO, looks like they have all got green masks on just in case he lets one rip.
 

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gm Electric might make it up to the $1096.34 Tesla's share price, once the Silverado EV is up to speed overtakes all Tesla sales combined in the US. It will certainly jump shoot up once gm Electric brand start outselling Tesla in the US, it's got to be a great buy.

Factory ZERO certainly has a great chance of making some more great GM history in the future, go for it.
 

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Its been a few years since I looked there, because back in the day I remember Hamtramck being a complete s-hole of an area, but looks like they really bulldozed a bunch of the rotting buildings in the neighborhoods across 94. Wonder if that was part of the incentives.
 

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Any annoucement as to when the first retail Hummers will be in customers hands?

GM had announced "Fall of 2021"..................well it's only for 33 days till Winter.
 

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Any annoucement as to when the first retail Hummers will be in customers hands?

GM had announced "Fall of 2021"..................well it's only for 33 days till Winter.
Looks like they had quite a few around there, I suspect production, in-earnest will begin soon.

Week of November 29th right after Thanksgiving is a logical starting point, but I'm sure we will hear something.
 
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Looks like they had quite a few around there, I suspect production, in-earnest will begin soon.

Week of November 29th right after Thanksgiving is a logical starting point, but I'm sure we will hear something.
You would also think a firm date would be set ASAP, and give the reservation holders a heads up as to when they can expect their vehicles.

"Your Hummer expected delivery is December XX, 2021"
*Get your money/financing in order.
 
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