GM Electric Motors Plant is First for Major U.S. Automaker

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The new GM electric motor plant near Baltimore will be the first dedicated to making critical components for vehicle electrification when the plant opens in 2013. The professionals at Briggs Supercenter - the leading GM dealership in Manhattan, Kansas and the surrounding area - think that this is really good news.

While GM hasn't been known for electric vehicles in the past, this is changing. Recently, they have been making some great advances. From the Chevy Volt to a few other projects they are working on, a lot of work has gone into electric vehicles and other zero emissions technologies.

From the batteries to the new motors and drivetrains to power the vehicles of the future, GM is on the frontlines, working on bringing great cars and trucks with alternative power sources to the market.

“We believe the future of sustainable transportation is electrically driven vehicles and this facility will help us maintain a leadership position within this category,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president, Energy, Environment and Safety Policy.

“It’s fitting that green ‘motors of the future’ are being built at a facility well recognized for ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact,” said Robinson.

A 1.23 megawatt rooftop solar array is going to allow them to save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on energy costs, which is going to be passed on to consumers to keep the cost of the new zero emissions vehicles low.

“By harnessing solar energy from this array, GM will offset up to 1,103 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the air per year – equivalent to the emissions from 216 passenger vehicles,” said Robinson.

While Baltimore is quite far away from Manhattan, Kansas, this is still good news for local residents. As GM makes bold moves like this around the country, not only are they going to be able to come up with better electric vehicles, they are going to spur other car companies into action. Competition is a very good thing for consumers.

“Our state is one of discovery and innovation, where traditional manufacturers like GM embrace the new technologies that move our companies, our commerce and our citizens forward,” Gov. O’Malley said.

Any local residents who want to see what the future of GM and Chevy looks like are encouraged to stop by Briggs Supercenter - the premiere GM dealer in Manhattan, Kansas and the surrounding areas.

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