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GM Forms New Vehicle Engineering Organization for Hybrids, Extended-Range Electric Vehicles and Batteries

General Motors has formed a new engineering organization that is dedicated to implementing hybrid and extended-range electric vehicles (E-REVs) and advanced battery technology in another step aimed at bringing the electrification of vehicles into the mainstream development process more quickly.

The global team will be led by Robert Kruse, executive director of vehicle engineering for hybrids, electric vehicle and batteries. In North America, the team will be based in Warren and Milford, Mich. In Europe, the team will be based in Mainz-Kastel, Germany and in Asia-Pacific they will be located in Shanghai, China.

The future of automotive transportation will be based on electrification of our vehicles. By having a vehicle engineering team in place and focused on delivering the technical aspects of hybrids and E-REVs, we can accelerate these programs and get them into production quickly and efficiently.

—Jim Queen, GM group vice president of Global Engineering

GM’s newest vehicle engineering team will develop vehicles using a variety of propulsion systems including gas-electric hybrids and GM’s E-Flex architecture. Vehicles that will be engineered by this team include the production E-REVs based on E-Flex architectures, starting with the Volt; Chevrolet Tahoe and Silverado 2 Mode; Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid; Saturn Vue 2 Mode Plug-in; Saturn Vue and Aura Hybrid; GMC Yukon and Sierra 2 Mode; and the Cadillac Escalade 2 Mode.

This team will also support GM’s CO2 initiatives in Europe. In China, they will support the Buick LaCrosse Eco-Hybrid (earlier post). Other, yet to be announced global hybrid and electric propulsion vehicles are expected to be developed under this organization.

Comments

Elliot

Sounds good, I hope this engineering organization is given respect and listened to.

Ole Tymer

Hey...didn't GM have a special division about a decade ago devoted to cutting edge radical electric vehicle designs to "bring to market"...something about an EV 1...too bad they killed the program, that knowledge might have come in handy...who's kidding whom? This is worse than vaporware - it's shamware...I think I'll run a company with government help run entire cities into the ground, yeah, and I'll create a special fairy tale division where cutting edge research will focus on bringing magical products to the market...we'll need lots of it to get us out of this mess

Ole Tymer

Hey...didn't GM have a special division about a decade ago devoted to cutting edge radical electric vehicle designs to "bring to market"...something about an EV 1...too bad they killed the program, that knowledge might have come in handy...who's kidding whom? This is worse than vaporware - it's shamware...I think I'll run a company with government help run entire cities into the ground, yeah, and I'll create a special fairy tale division where cutting edge research will focus on bringing magical products to the market...we'll need lots of it to get us out of this mess

sulleny

"I'll create a special fairy tale division where cutting edge research will focus on bringing magical products to the market...we'll need lots of it to get us out of this mess..."

Pretty much what Jim Jones and Peoples Temple did in Guyana. Another failed simulation.

CarNut

For those following GM over the past few years, GM already has a hybrid engineering organization within GM powertrain group - the one that famously works with BMW, Daimler and Chrysler for the 2-mode system.

It appears that GM has created a similar structure within their vehicle engineering group (to work with its sister hybrid powertrain engineering organization).

These types of organizational alignments are not uncommon among automotive and other large, complex companies.

sjc

I would create a multi fueled multi mode hybrid. An FFV/ANG hybrid with ICE only or parallel hybrid or series hybrid or EV modes. Bring this in under $30k and under 3k pounds and prepare to make lots of them in sedan and SUV models.

Lucas


Too little and thirty years too late ...

Harvey D

One more GM division to design and outsource production of lower cost PHEVs using combo ESSUs (Supercaps + Firefly batteries) would be a good idea.

Herm Perez

Meanwhile the chinese are gearing up..

Schmeltz

"Too little and thirty years too late..."

Right! The other plug-in hybrid manufacturers are selling them hands over fist right now!...urhh wait a minute....

"Meanwhile the chinese are gearing up.."

The Chinese hybrids may likely be too heavy due to their high contents of Lead.

arnold

Good thinking GM, If the startup can weather fire we'll be well served by this approach.
It sounds sensible enough to me, somewhere for creative talents and clear focus

sulleny

Or check the Chinese "Chery" crash test....


http://youtube.com/watch?v=f7rrk3ZjN-I

Unsafe engineering needs no excuses. It needs to be accepted as simply bad engineering. And if the miracle in China spent a little more time on improving human rights they might find their engineering would improve.

sjc

Chinese quality will be suspect just like Japanese and Korean quality was. It remains to be seen whether the Chinese can come up to world standard quality soon enough.

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