GM, in a move which suggests that the best way to get something done is to do it yourself, announced late yesterday plans to manufacture its own electric motors in-house for future electric vehicles and hybrids. This move, according to the auto manufacturer, will make it the first major U.S. automaker to be building such a product on its own.
GM said that by building this core technology for next generation vehicles on its own it will “lower costs and improve performance, quality, reliability and manufacturability of electric motors by controlling design, materials selection and production processes.” It is projected its first in-house electric motors will appear in 2013 in next-generation, rear-wheel-drive two-mode hybrid technology. A total investment of around $246 million has thus far been made by GM in electric motor and electric drive facilities here in the United States.
“In the future, electric motors might become as important to GM as engines are now,” said Tom Stephens, GM vice chairman, Global Product Operations, in a statement. “By designing and manufacturing electric motors in-house, we can more efficiently use energy from batteries as they evolve, potentially reducing cost and weight – two significant challenges facing batteries today.”