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GM Promises Electric Motors By 2013 After $246m Investment

Gordon Kelly


GM Promises Electric Motors By 2013 After $246m Investment

Today is the 27 January and we all know what that means... that until 6pm GMT I will publish the most unrelated Apple news stories I can find!

So it is with great pleasure I tell you General Motors has announced it is ready to throw its considerable weight behind the iTablet electric car. The company has agreed to invest $246m into a new in-house electric motor design and manufacturing facility, the long term aim of which is to churn out the first GM built electric engines and real-wheel-drive two-mode Hybrid engines by 2013.

"Electric motor innovation supported the first wave of automotive growth a century ago with the electric starter, which eliminated the need for a hand crank, and revolutionized automotive travel for the customer," said Tom Stephens, GM vice chairman, Global Product Operations. "We think the electrification of today’s automobiles will be just as revolutionary and just as beneficial to our customers. Electric motors will play a huge role in that."

"In the future, electric motors might become as important to GM as engines are now,” Stephens added. "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."

Grand as this all sounds GM did get a hefty $105m grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to kick start this move so when Stephens goes on to talk about helping "our nation’s move away from oil dependence" it's not all out of the goodness of his heart.

Now as many of you know, I have issues with electric cars and am a much bigger fan of hydrogen, but we'll steer clear of that this time around. Instead I shall remain neutral and definitely not say anything bad about this heavy, short range, impractical and expensive technology the car industry is now so clearly behind. *cough*


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