"I think when we talk about jobs and investing in the USA workforce and the American worker - that's where General Motors and I think the president are very aligned", Barra told Jeff Flock referring to whether she was throwing Trump a bone with the announcement of its $1.8 billion investment in its electric-car plant in Orion, Michigan.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra on the automaker's plans to build an electric vehicle plant at a plant in Orion, Michigan, President Trump's criticisms of the company's decision to close a plant in Lordstown, Ohio and the company's commitment to jobs in America.
The company says the plan will bring 400 new jobs to the MI plant.
The $300 million is part of a wider investment plan for GM. "GM will continue to invest in our USA operations where we see opportunities for growth", Barra said.
The move should support the provisions in the proposed United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement. Trump called GM CEO Mary Barra on March 17 to urge her to reverse the decision to end production at the OH plant.
The Bolt EV, the new model, and a new lineup of electric cars on the BEV3 platform are the first-fruits of GM's efforts to transition to building all electric cars as part of its vision, announced in 2017, for a world with "zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion", as Barra has articulated. Mr. Trump last weekend publicly aired his discontent over the Lordstown factory's closure, issuing a series of tweets that urged the automaker to either sell or reopen the plant.
It also recently revealed the all-new Cadillac CT5 to be produced at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.
Those vehicles had been slated for production outside of the US. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra is expected to make the formal announcement, which could add hundreds of jobs. She said GM needs to remain "strong" in order to continue to add jobs.
This new investment into electric vehicles is nice, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to what the company is dumping into its SUVs and trucks.
"As we solve customer pain points related to EV, I definitely think they're the future", she said. The plant now makes the Chevrolet Bolt and is working on autonomous vehicles.
We regularly brief the administration when we are going to be making announcements- announcements such as this. "We want every single person in Lordstown to stay within the GM family, and that's what we're working on".
The plan is to save the company $2.5 billion.