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Tuesday, 12 October 2021 15:57

GM Building Pre-Production Hummer EVs at Factory ZERO, Hiring to Follow

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press
Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly is now Factory ZERO, serving as the “launchpad” for GM’s multi-brand EV strategy, GM announced Oct. 16, 2020, at an unveiling at the plant in Detroit. Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly is now Factory ZERO, serving as the “launchpad” for GM’s multi-brand EV strategy, GM announced Oct. 16, 2020, at an unveiling at the plant in Detroit. Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press

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The assembly line at General Motors' Factory ZERO has started rolling even as the automaker continues plant construction, which it says will be "ongoing" for a period of time to prepare for more vehicles to be built there.

The initial vehicles coming down the line now are 2022 GMC Hummer all-electric pickups. They are pre-production models, not for public sale yet. 


But GM will start building sellable models at Factory ZERO soon, union and GM officials said.

 

The plant, located in both Detroit and Hamtramck, MI, has been undergoing $2.2 billion in retooling for 18 months so that GM can build all-electric vehicles there by year end.

 

"We’re doing a lot of building of the Hummer now," UAW Local 22 President Wiley Turnage told the Free Press on Oct. 11. "We’ve still got construction going on. But they have a few of them on the streets now."

 

Local 22 represents the plant's hourly workforce. About 435 workers at the plant are making the pre-production models, confirmed GM spokesman David Barnas.

 

“We are on track to deliver the first GMC Hummer EVs to customers by the end of the year," Barnas said.

 

GMC has about 10,000 pre-orders for the Hummer EV pickup, which starts at $112,595 for Edition 1. 

 

GM has said it will eventually employ 2,200 people at Factory ZERO, but it is unclear when it will start hiring.

 

"Moving forward, we will ramp up employment through 2022 as we increase production," Barnas said.

 

First, the union wants to bring back those workers who had staffed the assembly line previously.

 

"Right now, we have 140 people that are laid off that have recall rights," Turnage said.

 

Recall rights means when GM idled the factory last year, those 140 people chose to...


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