General Motors plans to bring production of its recently announced BrightDrop electric light commercial vehicle, the EV600, to its CAMI manufacturing plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. This is contingent on the almost certain ratification of a tentative 2021 agreement reached with Unifor (agreed on 18 January in the morning -editor) and confirmation of less certain government support. (See AutoInformed BrightDrop? General Motors New Business Claims It Will Electrify, Improve Goods and Services Delivery) The C$1 billion investment will support GM’s plan to deliver BrightDrop EV600s in late 2021. The World Economic Forum estimates so-called urban last-mile delivery emissions are on track to increase by more than 30% by 2030 in the top 100 cities globally
This investment and Canadian workforce will make CAMI into Canada’s first large-scale auto plant converted to produce electric delivery vehicles. GM says work begins immediately to transform the CAMI over the next two years from Chevrolet Equinox production to the production of EV600s, to serve the growing North American market for electric delivery solutions.
BrightDrop is a new business within GM offering commercial customers 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 bring the Ultium platform to commercial vehicles.
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The new CAMI investments adds to other recent GM investments in Canada, including the recently announced: C$1.3 billion Oshawa Assembly Pickup investments; a C$28 million Renewable Energy Cogeneration project at St. Catharines; a C$170 million investment in an after-market parts operation in Oshawa; expansion of GM’s Canadian Technology Centre including investments in the new 55-acre CTC McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track; and GM Canada’s ongoing work in Oshawa to manufacture 10 million face masks for the Government of Canada.
GM Canada is “engaged in discussion with the Ontario and federal governments regarding its new investments and looks forward to working closely with Unifor following ratification of the tentative 2021 agreement.”
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General Motors du Canada, dont le siège social est situé à Oshawa, en Ontario, fait partie d’une entreprise mondiale qui s’engage à offrir aux gens des solutions de transport plus sécuritaires, plus efficaces et plus écologiques. Au Canada, General Motors distribue les véhicules Chevrolet, Buick, GMC et Cadillac par l’intermédiaire de son solide réseau de concessionnaires du Canada, en plus d’offrir les services OnStar. Pour en savoir plus sur GM Canada, visitez le www.gm.ca ou abonnez-vous à @GMCanada sur Twitter et Instagram.