EVs To Be Made In ICE Detroit-Hamtramck Plant
General Motor's Detroit-Hamtramck plant has produced millions of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. But all that history is gone, now.
...roughly 800 General Motors workers in Detroit will step away from Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly for 12 to 18 months while the company retools the facility as a dedicated electric-vehicle plant.
GMs $2.2 billion plan to build all-electric vehicles at Detroit-Hamtramck will start to take effect. When the plant is retooled to build the all-electric GMC Hummer pickup and the self-driving Cruise Origin (also purely electric) and the facility is in full swing it will employ 2,200 people.
GM opened the factory in 1985. It built 4 million vehicles there from the Oldsmobile Toronado to the Cadillac Eldorado. Every car manufactured in those 35 years had an internal-combustion engine, including the Chevrolet Volt built there for nearly a decade.
Now, the era of internal-combustion at D-Ham comes to an end.
Electric cars were actually some of the first motor vehicles; science fiction writers like John Jacob Astor IV were quick to see that EVs represented the very future of the automotive industry:
The electric phaetons, as those for high speed are called, have three and four wheels, and weigh, including battery and motor, five hundred to four thousand pounds. With hollow but immensely strong galvanically treated aluminum frames and pneumatic or cushion tires, they run at thirty-five and forty miles an hour on country roads, and attain a speed over forty on city streets, and can maintain this rate without recharging for several days...
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