The goal is for Ramos Arizpe to become GM North America’s fifth manufacturing site to produce power below the Spring Hill, Tennessee plants; Factory Zero, in Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan; Orion, also in Michigan and CAMI in Ontario, Canada.
The works to convert it into an electric production plant have already begun in Coahuila and, according to GM, electric vehicles of the GM brand will be produced from 2023. Batteries and electrical components will also be produced there from the second half of 2021 with the manufacture of “Drive Units”, the propulsion system that powers electric vehicles.
Part of the investment will also go to improvements in general to the Ramos Arizpe complex and to areas such as materials areas, dining rooms, medical services, and recreational spaces, among others.
The GM plant in Coahuila was inaugurated in 1981, it has an area of 268 hectares and there, emblematic vehicles of the automaker such as the Chevy and El Camino were produced. After this investment for electric vehicles, the plant will continue to produce Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Blazer; as well as engines and transmissions.
Currently, 5,600 employees work there directly and, in addition to production for the national market, exports to more than 40 countries. Later, the models that will be produced there will be announced later, as well as the start and the markets to which they will be exported.