General Motors, looking to expand its workforce developing tomorrow’s green cars, announced at the end of November plans to add around 1,000 new engineers and researchers in Michigan over the next two years. It is said the development of vehicles like the Volt has “spurred a flurry of activity in the electrification of the automobile and has become an economic multiplier” for GM’s home state.
GM said these new jobs will build on its strategy “to develop, validate and manufacture automotive battery, electric motor and power control technologies in-house as core competencies” as it moves further forward in the development of electric vehicles from hybrids to electric vehicles with extended-range capability. The revitalized automaker has been busy pouring money into preparing its facilities for these new jobs and green car development, including doubling the size of its in-house electric car battery lab as well as building its own in-house electric motors.
In addition to GM’s investments, it noted, 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. No specifics were mentioned on how much or how many jobs would be created, however.
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