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General Motors plans to cut 100 Research and Development jobs from its global research and development headquarters in Warren, Michigan.

GM officials began giving notices to affected Warren Tech Center salaried employees after a meeting Thursday and will continue this week, according to DetroitNews. The US based automaker has 400 R&D workers at the Tech Center.

“GM leadership recently notified employees working in its Global Research and Development organization of plans to realign the organization’s business structure. These moves will enable the organization to better focus on commercializing customer-focused innovation in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.” GM said in a statement.

However, the Tech Center will pick up 60 new salaried jobs when GM closes its Honeoye Falls, N.Y. fuel cell lab and transfer them to Warren.

In other related news, two employees were injured two weeks ago in a lithium battery explosion that forced the evacuation of about 80 others at a General Motors Co. facility north of Detroit, authorities said.

The explosion at the Alternative Energy Center laboratory at the GM Tech Center in Warren also caused a small fire that was quickly extinguished.

One was treated at the scene for injuries, while another was taken to hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

GM has 141,000 hourly employees and 69,000 salaried employees. At the end of 2008, it had 170,000 hourly workers and 73,000 salaried workers, according to company filings.

GM is working to cut vehicle architectures to 14 from 30 by 2018.