General Motors will start hiring 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan to significantly expand its vehicle electrification expertise from today onwards as announced. It is hoping to lead in the development of electric vehicles from hybrids to electric vehicles with extended-range capability, like the Chevrolet Volt or the recently introduced eAssist technology that will debut on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse.
The new initiative is viewed as best possible way of creating more high quality green jobs especially in Michigan. The company officials said that they want to give the customers energy choices other than petroleum and to make the automobile part of the solution when it comes to the environment. They have begun their hunt for skilled engineers and researchers to build up their hybrid division.
GM is yet to make a battery-only electric car. The Voltec drivetrain used in the Volt still relies on a gasoline engine to go farther than its battery range which is around 40 miles. Rumors are spreading that the company is planning to launch an EV version of the Volt.