GM Invests $449 Million USD in Future Electric Vehicles, Batteries
April 9, 2014 2:27 PM
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The money will go toward two plants
General Motors Co. (GM) is investing $449 million USD in two of its Michigan-based plants to up its electrification game.
, it will invest $384 million USD into the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that builds autos like the
. The money will go toward new body shop tooling, upgrades and equipment to build the next-generation Volt and two other upcoming vehicles (which are currently unknown to the public).
As for the other $65 million USD, it will be put toward the Brownstown plant, which makes lithium-ion battery packs for many of GM's EVs. Production of the company's next-generation of lithium-ion batteries and future battery systems will benefit from this investment.
[SOURCE: Green Car Reports]
“General Motors is committed to building award-winning products and developing technologies in America, which helps to grow our economy from a resurgent auto industry,” said Gerald Johnson, GM North America Manufacturing vice president. “These investments will help the next-generation Chevrolet Volt build on its position as the leader in electrified propulsion.”
There doesn't seem to be a set timeline for when the investments will begin, but it will likely further GM's position in the EV and future auto technologies realm while also potentially putting the state of Michigan in a better economic spot.
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RE: what a deal
4/9/2014 9:15:38 PM
That's a real shame. That's like $330/mo and you don't pay for gas.
The car itself is a marketing problem. The interior is tiny and it looks like crap.
If it looked like a Model S and accelerated a bit faster (the torque motor is capable of 0-60 in <6s, IRL it does about 9s) it would sell like crazy.
Hopefully the Volt 2 doesn't suck.
RE: what a deal
4/10/2014 5:20:01 AM
Model S is almost double the price, and to get it to accelerate faster than the Model S, would put it as a sports car not a eco friendly car. Model S's have been taken to the drag strip.
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