General Motors announced a major investment in the future of electric vehicles (EV) recently when the giant automaker said it will invest $325 million in tools and equipment to support production of future electric vehicle components at its Warren Transmission plant in Michigan. The plant is expected to begin manufacturing transmissions for electric vehicles.
The company said the investment will create or retain 418 jobs, though did not specify how many of the jobs were new. The plant in suburban Detroit has 679 total employees, most of whom produce transmissions for the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia crossovers and the Chevrolet Malibu sedan. The 2.1 million square-foot plant, equivalent to the area of 15 city blocks, produced more than 338,000 transmissions in 2010.
GM did not disclose the time for the project, nor did they specify what auto models would be supported by the plant. However, GM builds both the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera EVs at a factory close to the Warren plant.
“This investment in the future recognizes the excellent work force and operation of this plant,” said GM Manufacturing Manager Gerald Johnson. “While we aren’t sharing many details about this product, I can tell you that this investment demonstrates how GM, working with our UAW partners, continues to innovate and bring new electrification solutions to our customers.”