Eventually, the Advanced Technical Center (ATC) will expand to include a design studio, a vehicle development and engineering lab, an advanced powertrain manufacturing center and a lightweight component development facility. Much of the focus at ATC will center on components, including battery cells, for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and "other advanced technology" vehicles.
The launch of Phase 1 at ATC comes one day after General Motors signed an electric vehicle co-development deal with Chinese joint venture partner SAIC Motor.
Shanghai – General Motors Chairman and CEO Daniel Akerson participated in today's opening of the first phase of the GM China Advanced Technical Center (ATC) in Shanghai. The new facility, which is adjacent to the GM International Operations and GM China Headquarters, will carry out important research and development for GM on a worldwide basis.
"The ATC is an integral component of GM's global technology development strategy," said Akerson. "As one of GM's most important and comprehensive technical and design facilities, it will lead GM's global research and development efforts in targeted areas. Working with our company's other technical centers, it will share the latest achievements and expertise to drive the innovation of tomorrow's technology."
The ATC is the most comprehensive advanced automotive technology development center in China. It will serve as the home of four key GM technical and design organizations: the China Science Lab, Vehicle Engineering Lab, Advanced Powertrain Engineering Lab and Advanced Design Center. When completed, the 65,000-square-meter ATC will include 62 test labs and 9 research labs. When fully staffed, the ATC will have more than 300 employees, including engineers, designers, researchers and technicians.
The first phase – the Advanced Materials Laboratory Building – includes a battery cell testing lab, battery material lab, metallography and electrochemical lab, cell fabrication lab, and micro-foundry and formability lab. It will focus on research in lightweight materials and battery cells for the development of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, extended-range electric vehicles and other advanced technology vehicles.
The ATC will share learnings and support ongoing engineering work at GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture with SAIC in Shanghai as well as at GM's operations globally. It will leverage China-specific expertise throughout the GM network.
"The ATC reinforces GM's commitment to advanced technology leadership in China," said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. "It represents an important step forward for realizing GM's vision of sustainable mobility, which we showcased at World Expo 2010 Shanghai. It will ensure that GM keeps up with the needs of our local customers through the development of cutting-edge automotive technology that is cleaner, more efficient and affordable."
GM broke ground for the ATC in July 2010. The second phase is scheduled to open in the second half of 2012.
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