GM invests $300M to build new Chevy EV in MI

GM invests $300M to build new Chevy EV in MI

General Motors CEO and chairwoman Mary Barra said Friday morning that the auto company is aligned with President Donald Trump to put American jobs and workers first as it revealed plans to build an all-electric vehicle in MI.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra on the automaker's plans to build an electric vehicle plant at a plant in Orion, Michigan, President Trump's criticisms of the company's decision to close a plant in Lordstown, Ohio and the company's commitment to jobs in America.

Orion Assembly now builds the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Sonic and the Cruise AV test vehicles.

The moves come after last weekend's string of venomous tweets by President Donald Trump condemning GM for shutting its small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland.

The investment will go toward the production of another Chevrolet electric vehicle, which will be based on "an advanced version" of the Bolt EV's underpinnings.

Responding to a request for comment, GM spokesman Dan Flores issued a statement to 21 News on Thursday regarding the plant which he characterized as "unallocated" instead of "closed". The company has promised to introduce 20 new all-electric vehicles globally by 2023. The plant now employs about 880 hourly and 130 salaried employees.

The $300 million is part of a wider investment plan for GM.

The Bolt features a floor-mounted battery pack that's good for 238 miles of range
The Bolt features a floor-mounted battery pack that's good for 238 miles of range

"Right now, we're focused on the people of Lordstown, making sure they have opportunities because we do have jobs", Barra told reporters following Friday's announcement.

"We already had 500 of those employees moved to other locations".

For the 2,800 impacted USA hourly employees at GM's unallocated plants, GM said it has 2,700 openings across its US manufacturing plants. "The UAW will help", said the President during a campaign stop in Lima, Ohio Wednesday. "And I want to make sure that GM knows that their investment here in MI is encouraged and welcomed and appreciated".

"We have to understand that about half of the components on the Blazer and all of the power-trains are built in the USA", she said.

OH and the area around the Lordstown plant are important to Trump's 2020 re-election bid. "And we're going to keep doing that".

The new auto was originally expected to be built outside the U.S., but GM CEO Mary Barra said at an event announcing the new vehicle that terms of the new U.S./Mexico/Canada trade agreement encouraged the company to build it in the U.S.

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