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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-05-10 02:08 PM
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GM to Fire Up Battery Plant This Week, a First for U.S. Automakers
Source: earth2tech

http://earth2tech.com/2010/01/05/gm-to-fire-up-battery-... /

Were just two days away from a major milestone in the U.S. electric vehicle industry. When General Motors fires up its battery pack assembly plant in Brownstown Township, Mich. on January 7, the automaker says it will mark the first time a U.S. automaker has operated a battery pack factory here in the States.

GM sent out a press advisory this morning saying it will start production Thursday morning, and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as well as GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre are scheduled to attend the launch.

As GM notes in its release, the event is scheduled to take place exactly three years to the day from when the automaker revealed the concept for the Chevy Volt. During that time mostly in the year or so since federal stimulus funds started opening up for battery manufacturing the race to secure financing and set up plants to manufacture plug-in vehicle batteries in the U.S. has heated up (weve mapped the green car battery buildout here).

More than 100 companies lined up for billions of dollars in federal grants and state incentive packages designed to help spur these domestic efforts. Firms based in China, Japan, and South Korea currently dominate the market for lithium-ion batteries, and the Obama administration has sought to help shift that balance. As demand grows beyond mobile devices and laptops for advanced battery technologies to increasing numbers of plug-in and hybrid vehicles, theres an opportunity for players in the U.S. to either enter the game or expand their role.

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V_Byl Donating Member (87 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-05-10 02:37 PM
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1. Cool...
...hopefully this becomes more of a trend, although they need some import tariffs to help protect this budding 'earth friendly' industry...

Maybe this will knock Michigan's unemployment rate down below 16%?
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-05-10 02:49 PM
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2. GM has invested $700 million in the Volt in Michigan - and wil create hundreds of new high-$ jobs
Chevy Volt Investment in Detroit Now $700 Million

http://gas2.org/2009/12/08/chevy-volt-investment-in-det... /

GM has announced that it is investing another $336 million to fix up its Hamtramck assembly plant in Detroit, now bringing its total Detroit plant investment in building the Volt extended-range electric car to $700 million.

First theyll clear out the cobwebby remains of the Cadillacs and the Buick Lucernes they used to build there, and then theyll rework those assembly lines to start rolling out something more in line with the times.

The American people are not asking for so much. Just an electric car with four wheels that we can fit at least a few kids into, that can be fueled with electrons from the solar panels well soon have on our garages.

The investment is spread out over eight facilities. It includes a new engine line at the Flint South engine plant and the Brownstown Township factory south of Detroit where they are building the battery pack assembly.

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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-06-10 10:44 PM
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9. Yeah, but its not a Toyota or a Honda!
Who wants some American car. :eyes:
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-05-10 03:39 PM
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3. This would be so awesome!
This could really be the kick off of a much needed turn-around for Michigan.

Julie
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-05-10 08:50 PM
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5. Only problem is China controls much of the mineral ore needed
Que - Nano-tube Technology

Unless the USA and EU invest in research of nanohole/nanotube technology and it's ability to store electrons, China will manipulate and stifle Electric Car Technology
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-05-10 03:44 PM
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4. This is good
I wonder if it would have happened without the federal stimulus funds? I think Obama deserves some credit for this.
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SpartanDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-06-10 02:23 PM
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6. Excellent news
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harun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-06-10 03:00 PM
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7. Good news. Sooner people can buy electric cars the better.
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-06-10 10:18 PM
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8. Thank gawd - maybe there will be some new jobs for our Michigan friends
Edited on Wed Jan-06-10 10:18 PM by Major Hogwash
Man, it's about time!!
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 10:18 AM
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10. Good for GM.
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