GM's Oshawa Plant Increasing Truck Production, CAMI Getting Electric Vans

gms oshawa plant increasing truck production cami getting electric vans

On Monday, General Motors’ added a second shift for Heavy Duty variants of the Chevrolet Silverado at Oshawa Assembly to ensure the automaker can meet demand. There are also plans to launch a third shift to spur production of light-duty pickups after GM spent the last two years struggling to deliver vehicles in a timely manner.

GM Canada recently representatives from the Canadian federal government, eager to show that its $2 billion investment into Ontario manufacturing (specifically at Oshawa and CAMI Assembly) had already borne fruit. While this is said to eventually include the production of BrightDrop’s all-electric and perpetually connected Zevo vans, GM is presently focused on swelling production on some of its most valuable products.

This comes hot on the heels of the automaker opting to tamp down the output of Cadillac’s sedans and the Chevrolet Camaro, which we previously speculated was being done to avoid any additional shorting of GM’s more-lucrative models.

Premier Doug Ford stated that the investment is a vote of confidence in Ontario by General Motors exists as concrete proof that the cars of the future (he’s talking about those Zevo 400/600 delivery vans) will be built within his province. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau similarly praised GM for spending some money in Canada by focusing on EV production.

“In Oshawa, Ingersoll, and communities across Ontario, auto manufacturers are stepping up to meet demand for clean vehicles and creating thousands of good jobs in the process,” Trudeau said. “Today’s investment is an investment in our workers, our communities, and our future. Partnerships like these are critical to putting Canada on the cutting edge of the clean economy, creating thousands of new jobs, and making sure that future generations have a clean environment to live in.”

To reciprocate, federal and Ontario governments have announced investments of up to $259 million apiece for General Motors’ Oshawa plant and its CAMI facility in Ingersoll.

Production of the BrightDrop Zevo 400 and Zevo 600 electric vans will reportedly commence at the CAMI plant by the fourth quarter of 2022. Both are wholly dependent upon GM’s Ultium model battery design and Ultium drive motor technology and have been sighted in for 30,000 units annually. Meanwhile, production of the light-duty Silverado 1500 will commence at Oshawa Assembly comparatively swiftly after the automaker retooled the plant for its HD equivalents late last year.

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  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Apr 05, 2022

    With how diverse and robust the Canadian economy is, why would they dump money into a corpse of a company from such a terrible country.

    • Deanst Deanst on Apr 06, 2022

      Not sure which part of your comment is supposed to be sarcastic/insulting, but if you think the Canadian economy is diverse and robust, I’d have to vigorously disagree. We have the biggest housing bubble in the world, which is in the edge of collapse.

  • 1500cc 1500cc on Apr 06, 2022

    How many vehicles of each type can they now produce? (I would have thought that would be relevant to mention in an article specifically about production level increases)

  • 285exp I am quite sure that it is a complete coincidence that they have announced a $7k price increase the same week that the current administration has passed legislation extending the $7k tax credit that was set to expire. Yep, not at all related.
  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
  • ToolGuy Historical Perspective Moment:• First-gen Bronco debuted in MY1966• OJ Simpson Bronco chase was in 1994• 1966 to 1994 = 28 years• 1994 to now = 28 yearsFeel old yet?
  • Ronnie Schreiber From where is all that electricity needed to power an EV transportation system going to come? Ironically, the only EV evangelist that I know of who even mentions the fragile nature of our electrical grid is Elon Musk. None of the politicians pushing EVs go anywhere near it, well, unless they are advocating for unreliable renewables like wind and solar.
  • FreedMike I just don’t see the market here - I think about 1.2% of Jeep drivers are going to be sold on the fuel cost savings here. And the fuel cost savings are pretty minimal, per the EPA: fuel costs for this vehicle are $2200 and $2750 for the equivalent base turbo-four model. I don’t get it.