General Motors (GM) plans to spend $800 million to upgrade its CAMI manufacturing plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, to produce electric vans as part of its labor contract with Unifor, Canada’s auto workers union. The EV600 is part of GM’s BrightDrop system and includes electrically driven pallet loaders that move products into the electric delivery vans. GM plans to start shipping EV600 vans late this year.
The investment is subject to workers approving local contracts and government incentives. Work will begin immediately to transition the plant throughout the next two years from Chevrolet Equinox production to electric vehicle (EV) work.
During contract talks with Ford, GM, and Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Unifor officials pushed for EV production in Canada.
As noted in Today’s eMobility’s cover story in Today’s Motor Vehicles’ November/December issue, Unifor contracts called for $1.4 billion from Ford to retool its Oakville, Ontario, plant for EVs and $1.2 billion from Stellantis to retool its Windsor, Ontario, operations for green vehicles.