Electric cars

GM expands Canada’s manufacturing role in future of electric vehicles and pickup truck production

The first pickups arrive on the assembly line at Oshawa Assembly in Ontario on November 10, 2021.

General Motors is counting on Canada to play an important role in the future of its electric vehicles.

The automaker said Monday it would invest $2 billion in two plants there and the Canadian government would inject $259 million to help with the investment.

As part of this investment, GM will develop Canada’s first all-electric assembly plant at CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ontario. GM will begin building commercial electric vans there for GM’s BrightDrop subsidiary in December.

GM has confirmed that it will also increase production at the Oshawa assembly plant in Ontario to include the Chevrolet Silverado light-duty gas-powered pickup in the coming months.

The factory is currently building the heavy version. GM will add a third shift to the plant and create 2,600 jobs as part of the expansion, GM said.

The Detroit Free Press first reported in July 2021 that there would be a light-duty pickup built in Oshawa and a third shift there.