GM Canada has reached a tentative agreement with labor union Unifor to invest approximately A$1 billion to transform its CAMI Assembly Plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, to manufacture commercial electric vehicles.
Subject to ratification by the union workers, the investment will support GM’s timing to deliver its recently announced BrightDrop electric light commercial vehicle, the EV600, in late 2021.
GM said work will begin immediately to transform the CAMI plant to support electric vehicle production.
“This will support jobs and transform work at the plant over the next two years from Chevrolet Equinox production to a new focus on the production of EV600s, to serve the growing North American market for electric delivery solutions,” the company said in a statement.
BrightDrop is an all-new business within GM offering commercial customers an ecosystem of connected and electrified products and services designed to improve the delivery of goods and services.
Its initial products include the EP1 electric e-pallet, a software platform for fleet and asset management, and the EV600 light commercial vehicle that will bring the Ultium platform to commercial vehicles.