Skip to comments.GM Announces 400 Jobs, New Electric Car Days After Venomous Trump Tweets
Posted on 03/22/2019 12:25:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit.
The company says it will spend $300 million at its plant in Orion Township, Michigan, to manufacture a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt.
GM wouldnt say when the new workers will start or when the new vehicle will go on sale, nor would it say if the workers will be new hires or come from a pool of laid-off workers from the planned closings of four U.S. factories by January.
The company also announced plans Friday to spend about another $1.4 billion at U.S. factories with 300 more jobs but did not release a time frame or details.
The moves come after last weekends string of venomous tweets by President Donald Trump condemning GM for shutting its small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland. During the weekend, Trump demanded that GM reopen the plant or sell it, criticized the local union leader and expressed frustration with CEO Mary Barra.
GM spokesman Dan Flores would not answer questions about Trump but said the investment has been in the works for weeks. Indeed, GM has said it planned to build more vehicles off the underpinnings of the Bolt, which can go an estimated 238 miles on a single electric charge. The company has promised to introduce 20 new all-electric vehicles globally by 2023.
In November, GM announced plans to shut the four U.S. factories and one in Canada. About 3,300 workers in the U.S. would lose their jobs, as well as 2,600 in Canada. Another 8,000 white-collar workers were targeted for layoff.
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The Dolt? Now that sounds like a car dedicated to Obama.
Building junk that nobody wants; well maybe the elitist lefties to show solidarity with the global warming people.
20 new models of electric cars by 2023. I’m amazed that there is such massive demand for electric cars. Shocked even.
GM’s big thing for the last decade or so has been SUVs and pickup trucks. Their passenger car business hasn’t done well. If they’re serious about this electric thing, it’s kind of puzzling why they’ve focused on small passenger cars rather than taking the lead with electric SUVs— a middle-class version of Tesla’s X or Audi’s E-tron.
the DOLT was the infamous car that burst into flames more often than the Pinto..yeah more electric cars to make out of spite for Trump lol.
“...and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit.,,”
If I want to drive an electric vehicle I’ll go to a carnival or golf course...assholes.
Better get the windmill upgrade to charge this electric lemon.
Even in metro Detroit the Volt was seldom seen.
“20 new models of electric cars by 2023. Im amazed that there is such massive demand for electric cars. Shocked even.”
There isn’t much demand. Even Tesla sales are way off after having their $7500 tax credit cut in half.
Interesting. Are we developing an economic system in which the government doesn’t own industries but does dictate what shall be produced, at what location, and in what quantity?
Electric cars require too much electricity to operate. As the libs continue shutting down power plants, your electric car is destined to become a lawn ornament.
I saw what you did there...
20 new models of electric cars by 2023. Im amazed that there is such massive demand for electric cars. Shocked even.
Take away the taxpayer subsidies for these Chemical polluters and watch how many get sold. GM was the best US car manufacturer by far. All of that is gone and GM can die now.
Yay, more exploding golf carts!
You raise a good point. If the Green New Deal advocates were to get their way, US energy production and use would depend on when the sun shines and the wind blows. I doubt many liberal college research professors would agree that this is a good idea. A fair amount of their research takes years of constant conditions to return results. Long term power outages kills research projects.
The Volt was a disaster, so GM is going to burn more money with the Bolt. Jerks.
They need to come out with something in contest to the Pacifica hybrid. Which uses a lot of F1 technology as there are various ways to produce electricity improve fuel milage and while maintaining speed.
I don’t have a problem with electric cvehicles they have their uses in certain areas such as urban areas or perhaps amongst fleet vehicles. Where I live I don’t think it would be that practical because I can put a hundred miles on my car just running down to make appointments or even do conduct certain job estimates. A hybrid would work though.
Very good one...
What is the definition of insanity? Something about doing the same thing and expecting a different result?
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