Pontiac, Michigan – General Motors has opened a new global Powertrain Engineering Development Center which it said will bring advanced, fuel-saving powertrains to market faster and at less cost, by reducing ten weeks from the powertrain development process.
The 41,806-square-metre (450,000-square-foot) facility is the world’s largest and most technically-advanced powertrain development centre in the world, the company said, and it is where GM will develop and test the Chevrolet Volt’s electric drive unit, motors, power electronics and engine; electric motors for fuel cell and hybrid powertrains; and other advanced gasoline, biofuel and clean diesel engines and transmissions. It will also serve as the model for 11 additional GM powertrain laboratories worldwide.
“This new global engineering development centre significantly strengthens our ability to design, develop and test our products, as well as offer customers an unprecedented choice of advanced powertrains that save fuel, reduce emissions and deliver great performance,” said Tom Stephens, executive vice-president, GM Powertrain and Global Quality. “The centre will use a common global laboratory operating system that will enable round-the-clock development with the flexibility to develop many new powertrain technologies.”
The centre is adjacent to GM Powertrain’s Global Headquarters and brings together 1,200 employees from four engineering centres in other areas. Combined, the centre and headquarters will employ approximately 4,300 people.