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GM Fast-Tracks Electric Vehicle Plans, Starts Hiring Near Former Lordstown, OH Plant

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press


General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the company will bring new electric vehicles to market faster than anticipated as the automaker announced a major step forward Nov. 5 in its self-driving car development.

GM is also making strides in hiring and calling back workers at two of its facilities. 


GM said it has started hiring what will eventually be more than a thousand workers at its new EV battery plant near GM's former Lordstown Assembly factory in northeast Ohio.


GM will start calling back workers to Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck starting early next year as it converts the facility to build EVs.


GM has said it would bring at least 20 new EVs to market by 2023. It has shown two of those: the Cadillac Lyriq SUV, due to market in 2022, and the GMC Hummer EV pickup, hitting the market late next year. 


During an earnings call with analysts Nov. 5, Barra said GM will be bringing EVs to market faster than it had initially anticipated, crediting its strategic partnerships and investments in technology for having allowed it to speed up product development. Barra said future EVs will cross all of GM's brands to include high-volume cars too.


Hiring in Ohio


One of GM's partnerships is with LG Chem in the joint venture Ultium Cells LLC.


The venture will mass-produce Ultium battery cells for electric vehicles and GM is building a 3 million-square-foot plant for it that sits adjacent to GM's former auto assembly plant near Lordstown, OH.


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