Detroit, Michigan – General Motors will invest US$336 million into its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to begin production of the Chevrolet Volt in 2010.

Detroit-Hamtramck will be the Volt’s final assembly location, with tooling, lithium-ion batteries and engine from other Michigan locations.

“We expect the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will be the first facility in the U.S. owned by a major automaker to produce an electric car,” said Jon Lauckner, GM vice-president of global product planning. “It is the hub for the wheel that we began rolling in 2007 when the Volt debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Since then, the field of challengers and partners has grown significantly. This competition will expedite the development of electric vehicle technology and infrastructure.”

Assembly of Volt prototype vehicles is scheduled for the spring of 2010, with the start of regular production scheduled for later in the year.

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