As well as Cadillac ELR and Opel AmperaBig bucks are being invested in the next generation of plug-in cars. Nissan has been ramping up battery and EV production at its Tennessee plant, Tesla is adding more capacity to its California plant and planning to build a battery gigafactory, and GM is investing almost half a billion into its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly plants to tool up for production of the next generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in, the Cadillac ELR plug-in, the Opel Ampera (the Volt twin sold in Europe), as well as a couple of other future products (they don't say what, but I'll suggest that a 100% electric Volt would be a cool complement to the current plug-in hybrid version...).
Of the $449 million, $384 million will go to Detroit-Hamtramck for new Body Shop tooling, equipment, and additional plant upgrades to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt, and $65 million will go to the Brownstown Battery Assembly for "next generation of lithium-ion battery production and future battery systems." This brings GM’s total investment at Detroit-Hamtramck to more than $1 billion over the last 5 years.
Green trivia: The Detroit-Hamtramck plant has a 264,000-square-foot photovoltaic solar array and is a landfill-free facility.