GM Lordstown, Ohio, factory

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that Cincinnati-based startup electric truckmaker Workhorse may buy GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, factory.

That factory has been the subject of boisterous political debate between Trump and General Motors since the company announced last November that it would idle the plant and discontinue the Chevrolet Cruze compact car that it built.

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The announcement was part of a larger downsizing in which GM discontinued the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, which used the Cruze’s platform, among other cars, and would focus resources on building new electric cars in its transition to what CEO Mary Barra has called an "electric future" for the automaker.

Trump erupted at the announcement in November and said "all electric is not going to work."

READ THIS: Workhorse range-extended electric pickup truck announced for future On Wednesday, he had friendlier word for Barra in announcing the Lordstown deal: GREAT NEWS FOR OHIO! 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. GM will also be spending $700,000,000 in Ohio… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2019 Workhorse began developing its W-15 range-extended electric pickup in 2016. It is expected to have a large battery pack capable of providing up to 80 miles of electric range along with a small gasoline range […]

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