General Motors plans to transform its Ingersoll plant in Ontario, Canada into a major electric delivery vehicle factory by the end of this year. At a cost of just under $800 Million U.S., the CAMI Facility will Canada’s first large-scale commercial electric vehicle manufacturing plant
Work will begin immediately to transform work at the plant over the next two years from Chevrolet Equinox production to production of the BrightDrop electric light commercial vehicle, serving the growing North American electric delivery solutions market.
BrightDrop is an all-new business within GM, offering commercial customers an ecosystem of connected and electrified products and services designed to improve the delivery of goods and services from the first to last mile. It aims to help B2B customers reduce cost of ownership, improve productivity and safety, and improve their carbon footprints and sustainability efforts.
Its initial products include the EP1 electric e-pallet, a software platform for fleet and asset management, and the EV600 light commercial vehicle that will expand the Ultium platform to commercial vehicles. The first model (an electric pallet truck) is the EP1 and is set to hit the market in just a few weeks.
The new CAMI investments build upon other recent GM investments in Canada, including:
- $1.3 billion Cdn (nearly $1.03 billion U.S.) Oshawa Assembly Pickup investments;
- $109 million ($86 million U.S.) product and $28 million ($22 million U.S.) Renewable Energy Cogeneration project at St. Catharines;
- $170 million (nearly $135 million U.S.) investment in an after-market parts operation in Oshawa;
- expansion of GM’s Canadian Technology Center, including investments in the new 55-acre CTC McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track
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