GM planning new electric auto based on Chevy Bolt

Chevrolet Bolt EV and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles are assembled Tuesday

GM planning new electric auto based on Chevy Bolt

The largest United States automaker has come under heavy criticism from President Donald Trump in recent days over its decision to end production at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant earlier this month.

OH and the area around the Lordstown plant are important to Trump's 2020 re-election bid.

That said, the CEO tried to avoid directly criticizing Trump, among other things crediting the revised version of the NAFTA agreement, now referred to as the USMCA, for helping make it possible to build a new electric vehicle at the Orion plant.

The automaker said it is investing a total of $1.8 billion in its US manufacturing operations this year, creating 700 new jobs, and supporting 28,000 jobs across six states. GM said almost 950 workers from Lordstown and Detroit have accepted jobs at the company's other facilities.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said in a statement that the company received inquiries from interested parties related to Lordstown and the Cruze, and that the company would consider what it considers viable business proposals.

A press conference will be held Friday morning at the plant. He again ripped the company in a speech in OH on Wednesday.

Barra, who's been head of General Motors since 2014, says GM will invest $300 million in the plant and add 400 jobs.

Plants slated for closure include Lordstown; Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan; Warren, Michigan; White Marsh, Maryland, near Baltimore and Oshawa, Ontario near Toronto.

Barra declined to discuss the details of a phone conversation she had with Trump Sunday, allowing only that the president "has an agenda about job creation".

"There is hardship among four of our locations and we've made it clear that we disagree with that", Dittes said when he took the podium after Barra spoke. "We'll have other opportunities, including some in OH", she said. "This is a significant investment in GM's electrification future". "GM will continue to invest in our U.S. operations where we see opportunities for growth", Barra said.

Orion Assembly now builds the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Sonic and the Cruise AV test vehicles.

Of the 20 GM all electric vehicles planned for production by 2023, the next model will be sold by Cadillac.

The automaker said in total it is investing $1.8 billion in its USA manufacturing operations this year, creating 700 new jobs and supporting 28,000 jobs across six states.

The product information and timing of the new Chevrolet will be released closer to production.

Reuters reported on March 21 that GM was initially considering to build the new EV in China.

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