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GM began construction yesterday on what is to be the first electric motor plant for a large U.S. automaker, according to edmunds Auto Observer.The new plant will be an addition to the GM Baltimore Operations Complex and open in 2013.
The complex currently produces two-mode hybrid and Heavy Duty transmissions. The new factory will employ 190 people, producing the next generation of electric and hybrid vehicles.
With expectations that this will become a core part of their business, GM is investing $129 million, the Department of Energy another $105 million, and $10.5 million will be coming from local county and state.
The factory will be equipped with a 1.23 megawatt solar array providing nine per cent of its annual energy and saving $330,000 during the life of the project.