DETROIT, Mich. (WLNS/AP)—General Motors plans to spend $2 billion to convert its Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant into a third U.S. site to build electric vehicles.
The Detroit automaker also says it will spend another $153 million to upgrade five Michigan factories for future vehicles.
The company will build the Cadillac Lyriq, a small electric SUV at the Spring Hill factory. GM said Tuesday that gasoline-powered Cadillac SUVs will continue to be built at the plant, and it will also will get additional unspecified electric vehicles.
“This is good news for Michigan families and hardworking UAW workers, providing critical momentum to our economic recovery across the state,” said Governor Whitmer.
“Since I was sworn in as governor, we have brought in historic investments to our auto plants, creating more than 12,000 Michigan jobs. I will continue to work closely with GM and every other business that wants to invest in the great state of Michigan.”
The Lyriq is due in showrooms late in 2022. It’s among 20 electric models the company plans to sell globally by 2023.
The investments aren’t expected to create any new jobs, but will help keep existing ones.
GM’s announcement included:
- A more than $100 million in the Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant to produce the next-generation GMC Acadia.
- A $32 million investment at the Flint Assembly plan for future production of heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.
- A $17 million investment in the Romulus, Michigan propulsion plant to enhance automation and increase capacity of GM’s 10-speed truck transmission, which is used in full-size pickups and other key products, including the all-new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade.
- And a $3.5 million investment at Orion Assembly. And additional $750,000 will be invested at GM’s site in Brownstown Charter Township, Michigan. Both investments are related to additional production of the Cruise AV test vehicle at Orion Assembly.
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