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GM Building Electric Motors In-House For New Rear-Wheel Drive Hybrids

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GM Building Electric Motors In-House For New Rear-Wheel Drive Hybrids

GM will expand its in-house electric vehicle development capabilities by becoming the first major automaker in the U.S. to design and manufacture its own electric motors for future hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

While the news is nothing to rave about, GM has revealed that its first electric motors will debut in its next-generation rear-wheel drive Two-mode hybrid system. The new system will use two unique motor designs and an internal combustion engine to provide improved fuel efficiency compared with the current Two-mode hybrid technology in GM’s full-size pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles.

Whether or not GM will use its next-generation Two-mode hybrid system solely for its pickup trucks and SUVs remains to be seen but the idea of a sporty rear-wheel drive Cadillac hybrid is palatable.

The electric motors will be manufactured in the U.S. for which GM is investing more than $246 million.



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