Thursday, November 3, 2011

GM to Manufacture Automotive Electric Motor

Take a look at the new power plant that GM is making for the oncoming electric car revolution.  It should be blindingly obvious that the days of the automobile mechanic are seriously numbered.  There will still be some level of maintenance but it is surely a fraction of what has been demanded historically.

I expect that the transition will take approximately a decade during which the service component of the automotive industry will sharply decline.  Recall that the automotive industry is also giving up a huge component of their cash flow stream with the pending reduction of warranty work.  Thus their initial lack of enthusiasm for electrics.

With mass production underway in China for an electric with a 180 mile effective range, the foot dragging is truly over and we now begin a race for range and market share in a completely new world of consumer automobile products.

Expect to be able to buy a satisfactory product in the 2013 model and to have an excellent long range product readily available for the 2015 models.  By then, other sales will begin to seriously fall and full conversion will be reality by 2020.

GM shows 85 kW permanent magnet EV motor

05:11 October 31, 2011

GM's new permanent magnet EV motor

General Motors will become the first American automotive manufacturer to build its own electric motors when production begins in White Marsh, Md., in late 2012. In promoting this capability, GM has released details of the first motor to be built there, the 85 kW (114 hp) permanent magnet motor to be used in the 2013 ChevroletSpark EV.

Currently, GM uses electric motors as part of the propulsion system in nine vehicles including the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, Buick Lacrosse eAssist, Buick Regal eAssist, GMC Sierra Hybrid, GMC Yukon and Yukon Denali Hybrid, and Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.

GM is focused on the development of permanent magnet and induction motors for a variety of applications, and the White Marsh facility will produce such motors for the Spark and other, as-yet-unnamed future vehicles.

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