General Motors will announce on Friday plans to invest $300 million in a suburban Detroit plant that builds electric and self-driving vehicles for Chevrolet and the automaker's self-driving Cruise unit, two people familiar with the plans said on Thursday.
The Chevrolet model will be a derivative of the Bolt EV and was originally slated to be built at an overseas location, but will instead be produced alongside of the Bolt at GM's Orion Assembly plant, north of Detroit.
"General Motors is committed to supporting US manufacturing, including the great states of OH and MI", said Barra, who maintains that she sees no further layoffs or plant closures through the end of 2020.
The moves may help assuage Trump, who's attacked GM over its decisions announced in November to idle an OH plant and four other underutilized factories in the US and Canada. The company has promised to introduce 20 new all-electric vehicles globally by 2023.
"Today's GM commitment of $300 million to build this electric vehicle, with our UAW members, is a good start on GM's investment toward keeping future manufacturing jobs here in America", Dittes said in a statement.
Initially slated to be produced outside the United States, GM pivoted and brought production of the new vehicle to MI because the Orion plant now builds the Bolt EV.
Enlarge Image The Lake Orion facility also builds the Cruise AV which is an autonomous development vehicle based on the Bolt EV. General Motors
GM did not disclose the name or timing of the new GM EV but said it would be built on the same platform as the existing Chevrolet Bolt EV.
In November, GM announced plans to shut the four USA factories and one in Canada. More than 1,100 have already transferred, and others are retiring.
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 United Auto Workers has sued GM over the closings, which still must be negotiated with the union.
Trump, this week, in a series of tweets called on GM to reopen its Lordstown plant very quickly.
Trump's latest GM tweet on Monday said GM should: "Close a plant in China or Mexico, where you invested so heavily pre-Trump", and "Bring jobs home!" Details on the additional investments will come at a later date, but GM said it plans to add 700 new jobs to other US facilities with the investments. However, Barra said she wants "every single employee" to "stay part of the GM team".
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