General Motors Canada announced that the work to re-tool the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, is starting.
The plant is transitioning from making the Chevrolet Equinox to the upcoming BrightDrop Zevo 600 and Zevo 400 electric vans.
Equinox production has moved to GM plants in Mexico.
The construction process will take some time, with the plant installing the BrightDrop production equipment by September.
Employees will return to the plant in October for training on the new equipment before the GM starts the line back up.
As per GM Canada, the Zevo 600 production line will start in the fourth quarter of 2022. While its smaller cousin, the Zevo 400, will be produced sometime in 2023.
The federal and Ontario government provided a $259 million investment to GM to help bring down the overall price tag of the re-tool.
Currently, GM has around 25,000 orders for its Zevo electric vans. FedEx and Walmart are along those who have purchase orders for the vehicle.
Once the lines are at full capacity, the CAMI plant will ramp up to two production shifts in early 2023. Depending on market factors, the facility may add a third shift.
General Motors also confirmed that they would add a third production shift to its Oshawa, Ontario facility.
The company hopes to increase truck production to meet market demands.