General Motors announced today that it will spend $51 million at its Bedford, Indiana aluminum die casting foundry to install new state-of-the-art equipment. The investment will go towards supporting the manufacture of drive unit castings for the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and other casting applications.
The renovation work is set to begin immediately at the facility, which earlier this year began producing electric drive unit castings for the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup and the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV.
“Our Bedford operation is one of the leading aluminum die casting facilities in the world and this investment is a testament of our confidence in the employees at Bedford,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “This investment is another example of the company bringing along our workforce in our journey to an all-electric future while we strengthen our current products.”
Like the Hummer EVs, the Silverado EV will be based on GM’s Ultium platform and it is expected to offer more than 400 miles (644 km) of range. Chevrolet has also advertised rear-wheel steering, 24-inch wheels, and a glass roof for the new truck.
“Chevrolet will take everything Chevy’s loyal truck buyers love about Silverado—and more—and put it into an electric pickup that will delight retail and commercial customers alike,” said Mark Reuss, GM’s president, in April.
Like GM’s other EVs, the Silverado is expected to be built at Factory Zero, alongside the Hummers and the Cruise Origin.
Chevrolet will unveil the Silverado EV on January 5 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.