General Motors’s (GM) plant in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, will halt production as it transitions to manufacture Electric Vehicles (EV), which will turn the state into the first Mexican region to produce these vehicles, according to Coahuila’s Ministry of Economy.
“What we expected from this change is to increase EVs production in the region so that we become a productive nucleus with better capabilities than other states,” said Antonio Serrano, Director, IEECs, as reported by Vanguardia.
The pause in activities began on Mar. 26, 2022, and will end on May 14, 2022, as the plant receives and installs machinery and equipment for the manufacture of EVs. The manufacture and components needed for EVs are highly different from those for ICE vehicles, so some plants must begin preparing for almost entirely different processes, as reported by MBN. Coahuila’s government informed that workers will receive a loyalty bonus and training after activities resume.
According to AMIA, the automotive industry is committed to offer the best technologies for the transition to electric mobility. The transformation of its plant in Ramos Arizpe is part of GM’s all-electric future goal. “Climate change is real and we want to be part of the solution by putting everyone in an electric vehicle,” said Mary Barra, Chair and CEO, GM.
The company aims to produce 30 new EVs for every style and price point by 2025. During the same period, GM will invest US$27 billion in EV products. The automaker has invested in technology and has participated in collaborations to offer innovative vehicles to consumers. For example, GM allied with Honda to develop EVs that will rely on the use of the GM’s Ultium battery system, which is the first hyperscale EV platform. GM, in collaboration with EVgo, aims to build over 2,000 accessible fast chargers. Moreover, electric products, software and services for the first to last mile are part of GM’s BrightDrop new business branch.
“I am confident that our electric vehicle strategy is unmatched in the industry, in terms of our combination of advanced technology, flexibility, speed and scale. We know what customers want and expect, and we are better positioned than anyone else to give them the EV that best suits them,” said Mark Reuss, President, GM.