GM will welcome President Biden to Factory ZERO on Wednesday 17 November 2021, as the company opens the doors to its all-electric assembly plant in Hamtramck, Michigan. Factory ZERO, aka Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, is the first automotive plant in the U.S. to install dedicated 5G fixed mobile network technology. EVs, a robust national electricity grid, charging stations and internet access are without question the Interstate Highway system of the next decades. Without them, many of us will suffer economically, socially and medically.
Want proof? Look at what happened to communities that weren’t linked to the Interstates. The one that were thrived, ironically now represented by politicians who are against what made Texas, Arizona, West Virginia, California, New Mexico and Florida, among others – prosper. The Biden Administration’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, aka BIF, was supported last September by Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and 18 other Senate Republicans. The 13 Republicans who helped pass it in the House of Representatives during a close almost straight party-line 228-206 vote a week ago have received death threats. (Environmental About Face – General Motors Ditching Internal Combustion Engines by 2035. Carbon Neutral by 2040?; GM Needs Range, Battery Cost Cuts to Speed EV Plans)
GMC’s electric truck line is expanding with the addition of the 2024 Hummer EV SUV. When production begins on the SUV in early 2023, Edition 1 will start at, gulp, $105,595. Range is estimated at 300 miles on a full charge. Equipped with the Extreme Off-Road Pack, the SUV leaps to $110,595, with an estimated range of 280 miles on a full charge. (Hummer EV Edition 1 Raises $2.5 Million at Auction for Charity)
The so-called “Internet of Things” is changing manufacturing plants, enabling connected devices to deliver benefits to quality and safety. Countless systems and equipment rely on connectivity, such as robotics, sensors and the Automated Guided Vehicles that deliver materials across the factory floor.
Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband service is operating now at Factory ZERO, with its claimed exponential increases in both bandwidth and speed supporting the ongoing transformation of the all-electric vehicle assembly plant as it prepares to begin producing EVs in 2021. (Cadillac LYRIC – Taking Back the Luxury EV Lead?)
A 5G Ultra-Wideband network has considerably faster download speeds and greater bandwidth than 4G networks. Factory ZERO is being completely retooled with a $2.2 billion investment, the largest ever for a GM manufacturing facility. Once fully operational, the plant will have more than 2,200 good-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs. Hamtramck is huge with 4 million square feet of space.