October 30, 2007
GM begins production of two-mode hybrid transmission
2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. Click image to enlarge
White Marsh, Maryland – General Motors’ Baltimore Transmission Plant has officially begun production of the Two-Mode Hybrid Transmission, the only hybrid transmission designed and built in the U.S. by a major automaker.
The new transmission will debut in the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid, which will begin production next month at GM’s assembly plant in Arlington, Texas.
“This Two-Mode Hybrid Transmission is not only shifting the gears in the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon Hybrids, it’s also helping shift GM’s efforts to reduce gasoline consumption and emissions into overdrive,” says John Buttermore, GM Powertrain vice president, global manufacturing. “Better yet, here in Baltimore we are showing that an American workforce is up to the task and can take the lead in advanced technology.”
GM invested US$118 million to prepare the plant for production, including new machinery and a 100,000-square-foot addition.