General Motors will invest over $1 billion into a factory in Mexico, the Ramos Arizpe production complex, to produce electric vehicles (EVs) for them, according to CNBC. GM said the plant will produce one EV to start and will begin production as soon as 2023.
Currently, the factory produces the Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Blazer, along with the production of vehicle transmissions and engines.
The decision comes just a month after U.S. President Joe Biden’s $174 billion infrastructure plan, among an overall push by the administration for increased U.S. manufacturing facilities for EV and EV components.
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In response to the decision, United Auto Workers Vice President Terry Dittes, a common auto union leading GM members, said the investment was a “slap in the face” to union members and U.S. taxpayers alike.
In a statement, Dittes said, “At a time when General Motors is asking for a significant investment by the U.S. government in subsidizing electric vehicles, this is a slap in the face for not only UAW members and their families but also for U.S. taxpayers and the American workforce.”
GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant will be GM’s fifth production facility in North America, including new facilities in Tennessee, and Ontario, Canada – and all of which will be strictly dedicated to building EVs and support GM’s goal to be a fully electric brand by 2035.