In-House Green Technology for General Motors
This basically means GM wants to design green models, no matter if we're talking about electric vehicles or hybrids, in the United States, using its very own plants and employees. This way, it cuts the money paid to suppliers for various parts and even creates new jobs across the United States.
It sounds good, but is it possible? Larry Nitz, GM's chief hybrid powertrain engineer, said it is. General Motors has the technology to boost performance, lower weight and reduce power consumption, he said according to Autonews.
Product development chief Tom Stephens said General Motors must focus its efforts on three main areas: batteries, the control system for the engine in question and the electric unit per se.
"We've taken all three of these and said these are core technologies for General Motors. We've brought them inside and said we are going to have people dedicated to learning more about these three components," he was quoted as saying by the aforementioned source.
As a result, GM intends to build an electric motor plant, with some of the money to be provided by the Department of Energy. Additionally, the company might join forces with another automaker to cut construction costs but more details are yet to be unveiled.