US: GM focuses electric vehicle development and production in Michigan image

The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will get a timely replacement next year – in January, in time for a NAIAS official presentation – and the parent automaker, GM, is focusing its resources on the model.

Although details are still scarce – we do know that as the technology has evolved, the new Volt is getting an electric range bump – GM CEO Mary Barra has moved to show the company’s commitment on the model. The transmission production would be shifted from Mexico and handled by GM’s Warren transmission plant outside Detroit. The automaker has also decided to keep making the Volt engine production in Michigan – the gasoline-electric hybrid that would go on sale mid-2015 would get a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder made at the Flint facility, which also handles the 1.4-liter engine used by the current generation.

According to General Motors, around 70% of the model’s parts would be made in the US by 2016, a radical change of heart – back in 2010 more than 50% of the parts were sourced outside of the country. Among other investments, the maker is also going to shell $300 million in its home state of Michigan by year-end, including to support the Volt production changes.

Via Reuters