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CEO Mary Barra said this round of new commitments represents the biggest investment in GM’s history and will create about 4,000 new jobs in the state.

On the heels of the launch of its electrified Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors is investing more than $7 billion to bolster its electric vehicle manufacturing capabilities in Michigan. The investment will be spread across four of the automaker’s facilities.

It includes money to renovate the company’s Orion assembly plant, which it says will produce Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra EV trucks. General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the Orion site will join Factory Zero in Hamtramck as the automaker’s second plant dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

“When both plants are fully ramped up to three production shifts,” Barra says, “our total production capacity for full-size electric trucks will be approximately 600,000 trucks per year.”

Barra says the automaker also plans to open a battery manufacturing plant in the Lansing area. She says the new facility will go live by the end of 2024.

“We are also investing more than $510 million in our two Lansing-area plants,” says Barra, “Lansing Grand River Assembly and Lansing Delta Township Assembly, to improve their near-term product production capabilities.

Barra says this round of new commitments represents the biggest investment in General Motors’ history. She says it will create about 4,000 new jobs in Michigan.

In a statement, President Joe Biden took credit for the growing pursuit of electric vehicles by the Detroit automaker. Biden, which has recently been criticized for rising inflationsays GM’s investment shows its economic strategy is working.

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  • Alex McLenon is a reporter with 101.9 WDET. McLenon is a graduate of Wayne State University, where he studied Media Arts and Broadcast Production and Journalism.

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