General Motors has been accused of a lot of things in the past year, and personally, I feel like that horse is dead, beaten, and buried. For all intents and purposes, it is a new company now. Or at least that is what we are being told.
One very important aspect of the new GM is its commitment to electric vehicles. The Chevy Volt is due out later this year, and the Cadillac Converj is also on the table. Today GM has announced that it was launching a program to start building its own electric motors in house, improving quality while cutting costs. And even better, GM says that the first vehicle to get a GM electric motor will come in 2013, and will be rear-wheel drive.
This gets me all giddy. The thought of a mass-market, 2-mode hybrid rear-wheel drive car from GM has my mind swirling with possibilities. General Motors used to be the largest company in the world, and they made just about everything. Today, they source out a lot of their work, including the electric motor coming on the Volt. This new initiative will allow GM, with its scope and resources, to make some awesome electric motors down the line while dropping costs and learning more about the technology itself.
GM will invest $246 million into its Baltimore Transmission plant in White Marsh, Maryland to convert it to an electric motor plant. That is a pretty hefty commitment, and makes me wonder what other kinds of electric cars GM has up its sleeves. Perhaps instead of hybrids, we’ll get a real electric muscle car. Sounds like a paradox, but as long as it goes fast, I don’t care.
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