GM is preparing to launch a new compact Chevrolet electric car based on the same platform as the current Bolt EV. The car was reportedly slated for a Chinese factory, but will now be built at the same Orion Township, Michigan, plant that builds the Bolt EV. Orion also builds autonomous Bolt EV test vehicles for GM’s Cruise division, which is expected to continue.
Cruise, which is working to launch a business based around self-driving cars, has hinted a ride-hailing service similar to the one operated by Waymo in Arizona, and also recently struck a deal with DoorDash to use Cruise autonomous cars as delivery vehicles.
This ramp-up of electric and self-driving car production may be funded by cuts in other areas.
Meanwhile, GM rival Ford confirmed this week that it will build its upcoming electric crossover at a factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, but that production will be shared with a factory in Cuautitlan, Mexico.