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GM invests $800M to build commercial EV van in Ontario

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General Motors Canada says it has reached a tentative deal with Unifor that if ratified will see it invest C$1 billion to transform its CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont., to make commercial electric vehicles.
The investment will support GM’s timing to deliver  BrightDrop BrightDrop EV600 in late 2021, according to a press release. The deal will enable GM to make CAMI into Canada’s first large-scale auto plant converted to produce electric delivery vehicles in Canada. Work will begin immediately to transform the CAMI plant to support electric vehicle production, the statement added.

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. 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 from the first to last mile. It aims to help B2B customers reduce cost of ownership, improve productivity and safety, and improve their carbon footprints and sustainability efforts. 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. “This tentative deal delivers significant investment, new products, new jobs and job security” said Jerry Dias, the president of Unifor.

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