Subject to ratification of a tentative 2021 agreement reached with trade union Unifor and confirmation of government support, General Motors plans to invest C$1 billion to bring production of its BrightDrop electric light commercial vehicle, the EV600, to its CAMI manufacturing plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.
The investment will support GM’s timing to deliver BrightDrop EV600 in late 2021 and enable the company to make CAMI into Canada’s first large-scale auto plant converted to produce electric delivery vehicles in Canada. Work will begin immediately to transform the CAMI plant to support electric vehicle production.
According to GM Canada, the new CAMI investments build upon other recent GM investments in Canada including the recently announced C$1.3 billion Oshawa Assembly Pickup investments; a C$109 million product and 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.
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 bring the Ultium platform to commercial vehicles.