General Motors will invest approximately $246 million in the Baltimore Transmission plant to construct a high volume electric drive manufacturing facility that will in 2013 produce US designed and manufactured global rear-drive electric motors, a core technology for hybrids and electric vehicles. (Earlier post.) The plant will be the first electric motor manufacturing facility in the US operated by a major automaker.
Electric motors are the engines of the future. By designing and manufacturing electric motors in-house at Baltimore Transmission, we can more efficiently control the design, materials and production processes. It will also enable us to lower costs and improve performance, quality, reliability, and manufacturability of the electric motors we use in our vehicles.
—Tom Stephens, GM Vice Chairman, Global Product Operations
Research and engineering facilities in Michigan, Indiana and California are also receive investments.