In February 2020, the last Chevrolet Impala Sedan came off the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly line, as General Motors closed production at the factory following a 2018 restructuring. Since then, GM has been designing a plant that will supposedly be the first of its kind. The renovations alone have cost GM a whopping $2.2 billion, and the factory is scheduled to finish construction by the end of the year. And, as is protocol, pre-production versions of the GMC Hummer EV electric truck have begun rolling off the assembly line.
Keen-eyed commuters may notice the Hummer EV patrolling interstate freeways around Metro-Detroit in the meantime. Its design has no trouble standing out in traffic.
Factory Zero Employment
The hourly workforce of GM Factory Zero is represented by UAW Local 22, and they currently have around 435 workers at the plant now making the pre-production GMC Hummer EV pickup trucks. GM eventually plans to employ 2,200 people at Factory Zero when fully operational, ramping up employment through 2022. To start, they want to bring back previous workers who had previously been working the assembly line. GM has 140 people with recall rights, according to The Detroit Free Press, meaning they will be recalled to work at Factory Zero when it restarts. Meanwhile, 684 previous workers at the plant had transferred to other GM plants after it was shut down for renovations, with 130 workers retiring.
GMC Hummer EV: Just The Beginning For Factory Zero
The GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 has over 10,000 pre-orders, with 1,000 horsepower waiting to be used. It’s no wonder people want to get behind the wheel of GMs most powerful production vehicle to date. However, the Hummer EV is just the beginning of GM’s plans for Factory Zero. Other vehicles planned to undergo production at the plant are expected to include a Chevrolet Silverado EV, GMC Sierra EV, Cadillac Escalade EV.
The Hummer EV is packed with new technology, including artificial intelligence and machine learning which will work on-road and off-road. With pre-production underway, it seems GM is on schedule to be the second manufacturer to hit the market with an all-electric pickup full-size truck, beating Tesla to the punch.