10/28/2014

GM to Make Volt’s Electric Drive in Michigan

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General Motors Co. is relocating production of the electric drive system for its next-generation Volt extended-range hybrid from Ramos Arzipe, Mexico, to the company's transmission plant in Warren, Mich.

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General Motors Co. is relocating production of the electric drive system for its next-generation Volt extended-range hybrid from Ramos Arzipe, Mexico, to the company's transmission plant in Warren, Mich.

CEO Mary Barra will announce the plan today in an address to the Detroit Economic Club.

The car also will switch from a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine to an all-new 1.5-liter unit made at its engine plant in Flint, Mich. Earlier reports theorized that GM might switch to a 3-cylinder powerplant, which is used to recharge the Volt's battery on the fly.

GM notes that the production move means the new Volt's battery cells, batteries, electric powertrain and range extender engine will be made in Michigan. The car will continue to be assembled at the company's Hamtramck plant in metro Detroit.

GM is expected to unveil the redesigned Volt in January at the Detroit auto show.