This week in the news, GM and Toyota slow production for two very different reasons and Winnipeg looks at slowing down drivers and making life easier for cyclists. Meanwhile, at GM a new virtual charging network is born while Ford helps your F-150 weigh-in, Ontario combats street racing, and Hyundai adds an N crossover.
GM’s Ingersoll , ON, assembly plant recently got news that the automaker was planning to build its EV600 electric delivery van there. For now, though, the plant continues to sit idle thanks to the global semiconductor shortage . The closure first started in February, and now Automotive News reports that it will be closed until at least the week of June 28th. The plant, with more than 2,000 hourly workers, normally builds the Chevrolet Equinox for three shifts each day. Toyota’s operations in Ontario were also temporarily halted as major supplier Toyotetsu’s location in Simcoe, ON, closed on the 28th after eight employees tested positive for COVID-19 per Toyotetsu’s Facebook account. No re-opening date has yet been announced. The City of Winnipeg is looking at a new pilot project set to start this summer that will lower speed limits to 30 km/h on some urban streets that are also greenways and popular cycling routes. “What greenways are, or what they’re meant to be, are places where people are encouraged to cycle to avoid the heavier traffic streets,” Councillor Matt Allard told CTV News. Allard said that each person who walks or cycles means fewer cars […]