GM Becomes Major Electric Motor Manufacturer in the United States

General Motors is making waves in the green vehicle industry. The company recently announced that they will invest $246 million in producing electric motors and components right here in the United States.

| February 10, 2010

  • Chevrolet Volt car
    The major auto manufacturer is also about to release its new Chevrolet Volt, an all-electric, extended-range vehicle.

  • Chevrolet Volt car

General Motors Corporation (GM) announced on Jan. 26, 2010 that it will invest about $246 million in its facilities in Baltimore, Md., for manufacturing electric motors and electric drives. This includes construction of a high-volume electric drive production facility at the Baltimore Transmission plant, which will produce electric motors for GM's rear-wheel-drive hybrid technology starting in 2013. The factory will be the first electric motor manufacturing facility in the United States to be operated by a major automaker. In August, the U.S. Department of Energy selected GM for a $105 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the construction of U.S. manufacturing capabilities to produce electric motors and related electric drive components.

GM also had a strong presence at the Washington Auto Show, which ran from January 27 to 31 in Washington, D.C. As part of the event, GM announced that the D.C. area will be one of three initial launch markets (along with Michigan and California) for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle. GM also announced a development and demonstration vehicle charging program with two D.C.-area utilities. The project is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Transportation Electrification Initiative, using $30 million in Recovery Act funds.

The company also unveiled the North American production version of the high-efficiency Chevrolet Cruze, which goes on sale later this year. The Cruze features a new Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that delivers up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Providing some competition for GM, Wheego Electric Cars unveiled the full-speed Wheego Whip LiFe, which runs on lithium-ion batteries and is expected to be available by mid-2010.

The show also featured ethanol produced from paper. This product was the result of a partnership between enzyme maker Novozymes and Fiberight, which developed the technology and used it to power two flex-fuel vehicles.

Reprinted from EERE Network News, a free newsletter from the U.S. Department of Energy.
7/31/2010 2:48:23 PM

hello, my comment is,why did g.m. recall all of it's electric powered cars about six years ago just to get anothet federal funding for a car that they had years ago? i think that to get money the first time and recall all the cars, and then start over again and get more federal funding is deplorable and we the taxpayers are paying for it! anyone can look it up and say, shame on you g.m. and shame on our government for going along with it. as taxpayers we should protest this as this is more of our governments wasteful spending and the politictions should be ashamed of what they are doing. also to not give seniors a raise in s.s. because they say there's not a rise cost of living and yet they can give themselves a huge raise is also deplorable. go to the stores, do you not see an increase in products? and the oil spillage in the past year, how can they account for that with just a slap on the wrist. stand up people!! where are your Ba _ _ s?? irrate!!!

2/22/2010 1:04:57 PM

Henry Ford found a way... ohhhhh, before the Unions had their day..and pensions that people contribute $30000 to, yet get $160,000 out of.... Yep... That right there is why Detroit is deserted. Goooo Unions! And regulations.. don't forget alll those saftey addons and 5mph bumpers...

2/19/2010 9:36:38 AM

Yet the majority of the population can't afford them. Why is it that Honda had electric cars that they leased YEARs ago and that were small and now no one can make an affordable electric car? sorry don't believe it. by the way over 70% of americans make less then 50,000 a year, 36% of those less than 25k a year. 16% 50-75k and 6% 75k-100. Less than 7% make over 100,000. We need inexpensive electric cars for the majority of americans. Until the government & the media understands that the majority is not rich - we won't have green power of any kind. It's like the tax credits for solar - you have to have lots of cash to be able to get the tax credit as you have to owe the taxes to make a credit worth while & you have to be able to buy the system first. Other countries - i.e. Germany - provide solar for their people. In fact they produce 55% of the energy from solar world wide. I live in Arizona - we should be leaders - but the gov't just plays lip service to "green".


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