DETROIT -- Detroit's Big 3 were due to resume production Monday at most of the more than 50 plants crippled by the worst power outage in North American history.
Company spokesmen said Sunday that the slow return of full electricity could hamper normal output in some areas affected by the blackout. But no serious delays were expected.
"We're working our way through this thing," said Dan Flores of General Motors.
Flores said the blackout affected 17 GM plants. But all would be ramping up to full output by Monday morning with the exception of a few plants in Canada were Flores said there were "issues bringing up some of the nuclear reactors."
At Ford Motor Co., spokesman Ed Lewis said it too hoped to get most of the 23 plants it closed because of the blackout back to work by Monday morning.
But Lewis added that energy officials in some areas, particularly Canada, had asked for a slow return to full production to avoid putting a strain on local power grids.
Ford said in a statement late Sunday that all its facilities outside Canada would likely return to normal operations on Monday, though precise start times would vary by plant. The automaker did ask employees to bring additional water and food supplies with them to work.
The Chrysler arm of DaimlerChrysler AG said in a statement that the blackout affected 14 of its plants but that the facilities would all be operating by Monday.
Still, the company said Canada's request that industrial energy users reduce their power consumption by 50 percent Monday would affect two of its plants there. Its Windsor assembly plant would remain closed and its Etobicoke casting plant would operate at 50 percent capacity, the company said.
DaimlerChrysler officials said they were not prepared to estimate the full cost of the cascading outages.
But GM's Flores said the impact of the blackout was more subdued than some industry analysts might initially have expected.
"We certainly have an ability to make up many of these units," Flores said, referring to lost production of GM cars and trucks. Ford likewise said it expects to make up production losses resulting from the outages by year end.