The new Chevrolet EV will be based on the company’s Bolt EV architecture
General Motors is investing US$300 million in its Orion Township, Michigan, assembly plant to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle that will bring 400 new jobs to the Orion plant.
Today’s announcement is part of GM’s new commitment to invest a total of US$1.8 billion in its US manufacturing operations, creating 700 new jobs and supporting 28,000 jobs across six states.
The new Chevrolet EV is in addition to the existing Chevrolet Bolt EV, further advancing GM’s commitment to an all-electric future. It will be designed and engineered off an advanced version of the current award-winning Bolt EV architecture. Additional product information and timing for the new Chevrolet EV will be released closer to production.
The 400 additional jobs are incremental to numbers associated with GM’s transformation announcement last fall. The new Chevrolet EV is in addition to the company’s earlier announcement that Cadillac will be the first brand to get vehicles off a future EV platform.
“We are excited to bring these jobs and this investment to the US,” said GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra during an announcement at the plant with employees, elected officials and community leaders. “This new Chevrolet electric vehicle is another positive step toward our commitment to an all-electric future. GM will continue to invest in our US operations where we see opportunities for growth.”
The new EV had been slated for production outside of the US. The decision to bring it to Orion was based on many factors, including:
Moving production to a US manufacturing plant supports the rules of origin provisions in the proposed US, Mexico and Canada Agreement.