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US Senators want GM to commit to producing all US EVs domestically

Auto News - Published on Fri, 14 Dec 2018

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Reuters reported that two US senators from Ohio asked General Motors chief executive Ms Mary Barra to commit to building all future electric vehicles for US buyers at home and to provide more details of plans to cut back on car production in North America. The letter from Republican Senator Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown demanding answers to questions by December 21 is the latest effort by Congress and the White House to press GM into reversing its decision to halt production at four US plants and cut thousands of jobs. The senators also asked if GM will produce additional electric cars or shift to building EV SUVs and crossovers.

The letter asks GM to disclose how many people at its suppliers in Ohio will lose their jobs if GM closes its Lordstown Assembly plant as well as how much it will cost to close the plant. GM plans to discontinue US production of the Chevrolet Cruze, which is made in Lordstown.

GM is unlikely to build a new vehicle at Lordstown once it halts Cruze production in March, company officials say, and GM executives have told Congress it would take two years or longer to develop and prepare the plant to assemble a new vehicle.

Ms Barra said last week she would keep an "open mind" about the plant's future. The final decision will be made during contract talks in 2019 with the United Auto Workers union, she added.

On Friday, four members of the US House wrote President Donald Trump inviting him to join them in visits to the closing plants and urging him to intervene "in every manner possible to seek both short and long term remedies for these workers."

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Fri, 14 Dec 2018
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