Production at the first EV factory to be based in Canada are expected to start towards the end of 2022, with General Motors having dedicated up to $2 billion to the refurbishment of its Ingersoll facility and an extension of its Oshawa plant in Ontario.
CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll will become Canada’s first full-scale EV manufacturing plant when the ‘retooling’ for electric production is completed during the summer. From December onwards, the Ingersoll facility will be dedicated to the production of GM’s Brightdrop commercial fleet, most notably the Zevo 600 delivery van.
Alongside this, GM Canada also confirmed that light-duty pickup production will be added to its Oshawa assembly plant, a move that has, or will, lead to the creation of 2,600 new jobs.
Combined, $2 billion have been invested transforming the Ingersoll and Oshawa facilities in Ontario, with the latter now the sole GM plant producing heavy-duty and light-duty pickups for the North America market.
“Working with our government partners we have reopened GM’s Oshawa plant, creating thousands of new jobs and recruiting a record number of women in production roles,” GM Canada president and managing director Marissa West explains. “Later this year, our CAMI plant in Ingersoll will begin Canada’s first full-scale electric vehicle manufacturing with BrightDrop.
“This partnership with the Governments of Ontario and Canada is helping GM build a more diverse, innovative and sustainable industry and EV supply chain for the future, and we are proud to be doing that right here in Canada.”
This is the latest move in GM’s seismic shift to an all-electric future. The American conglomerate has already stated its intention to introduce 30 all-new EVs to the market by 2025, all of which will be based on the new EV-dedicated Ultium platform, and two-thirds of which will be available in North America. By the end of 2025, GM hopes to have the capacity to build one million electric vehicles in North America, the components for which, it is anticipated, will be “sustainably sourced, processed or manufactured.”