General Motors to spend $2.2 billion to manufacture electric and autonomous vehicles in Detroit

by Bryan Brammer · Jan 27th, 2020 1:18 pm

Last Updated Jan 27th, 2020 at 3:23 pm

General Motors Executive Vice President Gerald Johnson announced in a letter on Friday that the Detroit car manufacturer plans to allocate $2.2. billion to the production of autonomous and electric vehicles at a Detroit plant.

Earlier last week, GM subsidiary Cruise revealed the Origin, the first self-driving car without a steering wheel or pedals.

The vehicle was manufactured at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which GM says will become its first assembly plant dedicated to electric vehicles.

"GM will invest $2.2 billion for an all-electric future at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant for electric pickups, SUVs, and AVs [autonomous vehicles]," Johnson wrote in a letter to employees Friday.

GM had decided initially to close its Detroit-Hamtramck facility last summer but changed plans after it discussed solutions with the United Auto Workers union last fall.

GM plans to release 20 different electric vehicles by 2023, including an all electric truck that will go into production in 2021.