Trump Says GM Selling Lordstown Plant To EV Maker Workhorse, Investing $700 Million In Ohio

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that General Motors will sell the Lordstown plant in Ohio that is currently running the risk of being closed.

Trump said that GM will sell the plant to Workhorse Group, a maker of electric trucks. “Just spoke to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, who informed me that, subject to a UAW agreement etc., GM will be selling their beautiful Lordstown Plant to Workhorse, where they plan to build Electric Trucks,” the President tweeted.

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While Donald Trump’s enthusiastic tone makes it sound like a done deal, he himself says it will require the approval of the United Auto Workers union. General Motors hasn’t made a comment yet on the President’s statements. Workhorse Group is a Cincinnati-based company that builds electric delivery and utility vehicles, including buses.

In May 2017, Workhorse unveiled the W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup truck and said it would put it into production in the fourth quarter of 2018. The truck hasn’t entered production yet and there’s a chance it will be built at GM’s Lordstown plant if the deal goes through.

In addition to the announcement regarding the Lordstown facility, Donald Trump also said GM will invest $700 million in Ohio and create 450 jobs in three separate locations. He didn’t offer any further details. “I have been working nicely with GM to get this done. Thank you to Mary B [Barra], your GREAT Governor, and Senator Rob Portman. With all the car companies coming back, and much more, THE USA IS BOOMING!” the President wrote on Twitter.

This is a significant change of tone for Trump in relation to GM. The President has constantly criticized the carmaker since November 2018 for the decision to close five North American plants. He has been especially angry about the idling of Lordstown Assembly due to the state of Ohio’s key electoral importance.

Note: Workhorse W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup truck pictured

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  • Adilos Nave

    At least it’s not ugly.

    It’s horrendously ugly!!

    The interior actually does make sense though. Hope that’s not a touchscreen because that would be stupid next to the gigantic knobs.

  • DR.FUNK

    Good to see there will be an electric work vehicle market springing up soon.
    Can’t happen fast enough.

  • Sovereignty

    Interesting, but the Rivian will rule the EV truck world.

  • Liam Paul

    Ok good maybe I will slack off on GM if they sell this and the workers here keep their jobs

  • Honda NSX-R

    I got a feeling that GM will invest in Workhouse

    • Robert Eller

      Makes sense after the deal with Rivian fell through. This one might make more sense because these closer to production ready and more lucrative with fleet sales.

  • kachuks

    Please change the looks if you want anyone to buy it.

  • Mr. EP9

    I don’t like the way it looks. Something is off.

    • Matt

      Yeah… the design lol

  • Enter Ranting

    $700,000,000 to create 450 jobs. That’s only $1,555,555.56 per job! What a deal!

    • Ben

      I don’t think it was meant to say that the $700m would be purely invested into the jobs, but rather the community around the area. Like when Amazon moved a large facility to Cleveland, Ohio. The area benefited from the jobs created their not only by the employment, but construction, taxes, and residual business that takes place around the area (restaurants, bars, housing, etc).

      • Enter Ranting

        Except the Lordstown facility is already built.

        • Ben

          I’m sure renovations are in order to make the factory suitable to build a relatively unique vehicle. Who knows. I don’t know much about Lordstown, but could this company be making the factory a one-stop shop for production rather than assembly? That could possibly justify the cost of development.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Hey good work Fisher-Price on that interior!

    • Enter Ranting

      How many Weeble Wobbles will it fit?

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Ah but they won’t fall down. 🙂

  • disqus_AzdXKETDwy

    It looks like a plus sized previous generation Honda Ridgeline. The design stinks

  • Paul

    Strange things are afoot here I believe.

  • Bash

    Future vehicle for future contractor.

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