GM To Hire, Launch EVs Across Midwest

GM is reportedly hiring across the Midwest in an effort to support its emerging EV efforts.

A person familiar with the matter told Automotive News that GM has long planned to launch electric vehicles throughout the Midwest as part of its “Joy Ride” plan. At least two new assembly plants—one in Kalamazoo, Mich., and one in St. Louis—will create jobs for the region and even put it in contention to create EV production.

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Allison Sullivan, GM’s director of corporate relations for the Midwest, declined to comment to Automotive News. The company recently opened a shared-service center in Warren, Mich., with plans to provide EV charging stations and related parts and services. It also plans to open a battery fabrication facility in Corpus Christi, Texas, that is adjacent to GM’s Monroe, Mich., car plant, where it is currently experimenting with the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolts it hopes to build for the new Chevy Volts at its plant in St. Louis.

Reports have suggested that GM is producing 100% of its Bolts in Michigan. The site of the dedicated battery manufacturing site is in proximity to a production facility there, but electric-car production will not move to St. Louis until late 2019 or early 2020.

A newspaper in St. Louis reported that General Motors and its former ownership, which sold GM to an investor group in 2009, is still working to recover $41.3 million in federal tax credits for the development of EVs for commercial use and that GM plans to build 1,000 Volts at the now-dormant Saturn factory in Spring Hill, Tenn.

GM will launch the Bolt EV on the federal income tax credit after it is incorporated in the statute that governs the credits, says Joan Claybrook, the president of Public Citizen, an advocacy group that pushed for the federal credits.

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Autoblog’s Brad Kemp first reported GM’s plans for EV production.

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