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GM Invests $245M at Mich. Plant for Bolt EV

June 22, 2015

A worker dresses a Chevrolet Sonic engine at Orion Assembly Plant. Photo courtesy of GM.
A worker dresses a Chevrolet Sonic engine at Orion Assembly Plant. Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors is investing $245 million in its Orion Assembly Plant to build the Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric vehicle, the automaker has announced.

The outlay will help GM hire 300 workers at the plant located in Orion Township, where it now builds the Chevrolet Sonic subcompact car and Buick Verano compact car. The Bolt will arrive as GM's first battery-electric vehicle offering a 200-mile range and priced at $30,000.

The investment is part of $5.4 billion GM is spending to upgrade its U.S. manufacturing over the next three years. About $3.1 billion has been identified so far, and GM will announce the remaining $2.3 billion by year's end.

"Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation," said Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of manufacturing and labor relations. "It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success. The plant is up to the challenge of building this brand-new product, something it’s never seen before."

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