ST. CATHARINES, ON—General Motors plans to build motors for electric vehicles at its assembly plant here. The move, subject to support agreements with the federal and provincial governments, is expected to support some 500 jobs at the facility.

The plant currently employs more than 1,100 people producing V-6 and V-8 engines as well as transmissions. After retooling, production of electric motors will replace some engine production, but the company expects to continue to produce V-8 engines at the plant for some time. 

GM says the electric motors made at the plant will go into its BrightDrop electric delivery vans, which it produces, in part, at its assembly plant in Ingersoll, ON. The motors will also be made fro the company’s electric pickup trucks. All totaled, the plant expects to assemble enough motors for 400,000 vehicles a year.