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With the first available Chevrolet Volt going to the highest bidder and production getting underway in Hamtramck, MI, General Motors is looking ahead to what comes next. We know that the second- and third-generation vehicles featuring the Voltec plug-in hybrid powertrain are already in development, but GM is going to need more people to keep the hits coming. Around a thousand more people, apparently.

GM announced today that it will add 1,000 "electric vehicle engineering and development jobs" in Michigan to "significantly expand its vehicle electrification expertise" over the next two years for, "next-generation electric vehicles beyond Chevrolet Volt." GM CEO Dan Akerson said in a statement that, "We want to give our customers energy choices other than petroleum and to make the automobile part of the solution when it comes to the environment." Those alternatives will require ever-improving batteries, electric motors and power controls, and that's what GM is creating all these jobs for. Anyone interested in applying?

[Source: GM]


GM to Add 1,000 Electric Vehicle Engineering and Development Jobs in Michigan
Work will focus on next-generation electric vehicles beyond Chevrolet Volt


HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – Beginning today, General Motors will add 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan over the next two years to significantly expand its vehicle electrification expertise and lead in the development of electric vehicles from hybrids to electric vehicles with extended-range capability, like the Chevrolet Volt.

The commitment by GM CEO Dan Akerson coincides with preparations for delivery of the first Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles with extended-range capability to customers in key states.

The new jobs will build on GM's strategy to develop, validate and manufacture automotive battery, electric motor and power control technologies in-house as core competencies.

"GM is going to lead the industry in the adoption of various vehicle electrification technologies, whether its electric vehicles with extended-range capability, like the Chevrolet Volt, or the recently introduced eAssist technology that will debut on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse," Akerson said. "We want to give our customers energy choices other than petroleum and to make the automobile part of the solution when it comes to the environment."

Deep experience and expertise in batteries, electric motors and power controls will ensure GM provides the best possible electric vehicle choices to customers around the world, Akerson said.

The 2007 reveal of the Chevrolet Volt has spurred a flurry of activity in the electrification of the automobile and has become an economic multiplier for the state of Michigan. GM's electric vehicle engineering investment expands on the more than $700 million GM has invested in eight facilities in Michigan to support Volt production.

GM has the industry's largest and most technologically advanced battery systems lab at its Warren, Mich. Technical Center and has invested $336 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, home of the Volt, along with another $43 million at the industry's only battery pack manufacturing plant in Brownstown Township, Mich. An additional $162 million investment was announced last week to support powertrain operations in Flint and Bay City, Mich., and Defiance, Ohio.

In addition to GM's investments, suppliers such as LG Chem, utility companies such as DTE Energy and organizations including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, are investing in Michigan jobs to support Chevy Volt and electric vehicle development.

"The state of Michigan is proud to continue our long partnership with GM as it drives toward a leaner, greener future," Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said. "As we work to diversify our state's economy both within the auto industry and outside of it, electric vehicles will play a major role in re-establishing Michigan as the North American center of automotive manufacturing."

About General Motors – General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 209,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM's largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Russia. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is great news for a lot of our student members involved in the EcoCAR project at Georgia Tech!

        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, if they want to be practical in terms of the carrying capacity and comfort of the passengers, there is no "wrong" answer to using an SUV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you might want to teach them that starting with an SUV is wrong.
        awful aero and weight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When GM gives you the SUV for $Free.99, you use the SUV. Plus, a hybrid system is better suited to larger vehicles, anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Get rid of the generator and put in 4X the batteries. Voila. For those that insist on having a range extender, sell a separate genset trailer for $1500.
        • 4 Years Ago
        64KWH of batteries? You mad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, whatever. 4 x 40 miles. I forgot the GM batteries suck and they only do 30-80% charge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ah yes, it is obvious that GM batteries (that were developed by one of the leading battery manufacturers) suck. Take your trolling elsewhere.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think all the awards that the Volt got made them think that this is the direction to move in.

      And that is probably a good move . . . but they do need to get the cost down and make it more efficient. In that order.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They got the awards because they built something unique to the production car world. the first Ford Model Ts sold for $825 (1908). Four years later the sticker was about half that price.

        We will undoubtedly see a dramatic reduction in the cost of EVs and PHEVs over the next decade.
      • 4 Years Ago
      project stall