GM temporarily shuts Hamtramck plant to upgrade
In the USA, General Motors has shut down production at its Factory Zero electric car factory in Detroit-Hamtramck for four weeks from today to prepare the plant for the production of more models. The aim is not only a wider variety of models but also to increase overall production capacity.
GM to mobilize electric sales in Europe
General Motors is currently considering a return to Europe, according to an agency report, with only electric cars going on sale. The plans are probably very concrete, with specific models already being mentioned. However, it is not clear when a decision will be made.
GM significantly boosts Hummer & Lyriq production
After General Motors announced a few days ago that it would deliver a total of 400,000 electric vehicles in North America this year and next year, there are now more details on the production plans for 2022. Two models in particular are now expected to produce significantly higher numbers.
General Motors opens ‘Factory Zero’
General Motors has opened its ‘Factory Zero’ in Detroit-Hamtramck in the presence of US President Joe Biden. The company sees the conversion of the factory into an all-electric car plant as “a model for future renovations” of its existing facilities.
Electric vehicles are a heavy business
The GMC Hummer EV, unveiled in early April, will apparently be the heaviest electric car yet. GMC has already confirmed the reports that the electric SUV weighs in at a whopping 9,046 pounds or 4,103 kilograms.
GMC debuts 2024 Hummer EV SUV with 300+ mile range
After General Motors had revived the former fuel monster, Hummer, as an electric pickup, an SUV variant now follows. The GMC Hummer EV SUV is scheduled to go into production in early 2023 and will be available at base prices between $79,995 and $110,595 depending on the variant.
GM accelerates EV development & raises investment
General Motors is increasing its spending, launching an “all-out pursuit of global EV leadership,” GM CEO Mary Barra announced. By 2025, the US carmaker wants to have 30 electric models and intends to raise investment from 20 to 27 billion US dollars.
GM launches the fully-electric Hummer pick-up truck
General Motors has now launched the much anticipated fully-electric Hummer pick-up truck. The GMC Hummer EV can be pre-ordered immediately and is scheduled to go into production in fall 2021, first off as Hummer EV Edition 1 with three electric motors.
GM confirms ‘Factory Zero’ & GMC Hummer debut
General Motors confirms plans to convert its core production site at Detroit-Hamtramck into an all-electric vehicle assembly plant. The facility will run as Factory Zero to designate GM’s zero-emissions, zero-congestion, and zero crashes future.
GM mostly sticks to electrification timetable
Despite the crisis, General Motors is sticking to the timetable for most of its electric offensive. By the middle of this decade, GM has also reaffirmed its goal of achieving annual sales of one million electric cars in the two largest markets, North America and China.
GM to begin upgrading Detroit factory in March
Preparations for the conversion of the Detroit-Hamtramck production facility into a pure electric car plant, announced by General Motors at the end of January, will begin in March. There are also reports of concrete subsidies for the planned GM battery factory in Ohio.
General Motors confirms electric Hummer
The electro-revival of the Hummer brand is official. The General Motors subsidiary GMC has now confirmed the rumours and has given the first key data of the GMC Hummer EV. A 30-second spot during the Super Bowl is set, and GM will fully unveil the monster EV in May 2020.
Hummer may announce electric revival
Rumours of an electric revival of the post-military brand have been fed by information from two insiders. According to them, the Hummer revival is to be announced at the beginning of February during the Super Bowl by a commercial featuring basketball star LeBron James.
GM rumoured to electrify pickups & SUVs
General Motors is apparently planning a whole series of electric pickup trucks and SUVs to be produced at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant. This could result in significantly more electric models coming onto the market than expected.
Gigafactory, Foxconn, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Hummer, Nissan.
Nevada to get Gigafactory: According to an undisclosed source, Tesla has picked Nevada as location for its 5-billion dollar battery plant. Being just a few hundred miles away from Tesla’s main assembly plant in Californian Fremont, Nevada seems like a reasonable choice even though California has been among the final-five together with Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Nevada is expected to grant Tesla tax incentives worth about 400 million dollars. Nevada Govenor Brian Sandoval is said to officially announce the deal at a press conference Thursday evening local time.
Foxconn to get real: Hon Hai aka Foxconn recently announced plans to build electric cars that would cost less than 15,000 dollars (we reported). Now the electronics company named Chinese province Shanxi as location for a yet to be erected facility. Foxconn will invest five billion yuan (about 800 million USD) this year and wants to grow the number of employees working in the province to 100,000.
Mitsubishi recall: In Japan, Mitsubishi recalls about 6,000 i-MiEV and Minicab-MiEV due to problems with the break booster. Last year 5,800 i-MiEV were already recalled due to the same issue.
japan.ahk.de (in German), monoist.atmarkit.co.jp (in Japanese)
Hybrid pricing: Infiniti has issued pricing for his 2015 Q70 Hybrid which will start from 55,900 dollars in the States. It sits thus in the middle of the Q70 line’s price range. Also in the middle but in a different class altogether is the hybrid version of the 2015 Toyota Camry which can be bought for 26,790 dollars.
hybridcars.com (Q70), autoblog.com (Camry)
Electric Hummer in the UK: Fully Charged is selling an electric version of the usually petrol-thirsty heavyweight. The electric hummer looks like GM’s original but only runs with a top speed of 35 mph and is a lot smaller. Optional features include dual golf bag holders and side doors.
Klein to replace Palmer: Nissan’s board has approved Philippe Klein as Andy Palmer’s successor as he leaves for Aston Martin (we reported). Klein comes from Renault where he held the position of executive VP. In Japan, Klein will take over product planning as well as the EV and battery division.