$200 Million to Expand E-Drive Engineering, Bring All to Pontiac
General Motors said Wednesday that it is investing $200 million in its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters at Pontiac, Mich. with a focus on advanced electric propulsion, and that it will consolidate work at four locations there. A new, 138,000-square-foot test wing is to be completed during the second half of 2014.
These moves will help our entire Powertrain team work more effectively across the organization,” global engine engineering VP Sam Winegarden said in a release. The changes will reduce development timing, GM says.
The work GM conducts at its Wixom Advanced Engineering Lab, including electric motor engineering development and performance engineering, will be transferred to Pontiac by mid-2015. “Electric motor design and production is a core business for GM in the development and manufacture of electric vehicles,” the company said.
- The Torrance Advanced Technology Center’s work on electric motor and power electronics engineering development will be transferred to Pontiac by the end of 2014. GM considers these technologies key to the future of sustainable transportation.
- Heavy-duty transmission, power electronics, hybrid and battery electric drive unit development work done at Castleton will be transferred to Pontiac by mid-2014. GM’s work on heavy-duty transmissions is core to its pickup truck development.
- GM R&D’s Propulsion Systems Research Lab will be relocated to Pontiac during the second half of 2015. “This work is critical to providing industry-leading technologies for GM’s engines, transmissions, and hybrid systems.”
GM said earlier that work being performed at its hydrogen fuel cell facility in Honeoye Falls, N.Y., would be consolidated in Pontiac in mid-2013.
The Powertrain consolidation is part of a previously announced commitment to invest $1.5 billion in its North American facilities in 2013. Employment at the Pontiac campus is to grow by 400.
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Source: General Motors