General Motors Co. broke ground on Tuesday to mark where it will construct an electric motor plant at a site near Baltimore. A group of GM executives, along with Maryland Gov.
Martin O’Malley, got together to support the carmaker’s new venture. This plant will be where GM will have its two-mode hybrid and heavy duty transmission operations.
The White Marsh facility, which will be called General Motors Baltimore Operations, will be responsible for producing crucial parts for vehicle electrification beginning in 2013.
This plant would be one of the most environmentally-friendly ones around as it will source its power from a solar array that will supply 9% of power for the present two-mode hybrid and heavy-duty transmission building. To convert the plant, GM will spend a total of $23.5 million.
Constellation Energy will install the array. All the power that it will generate will be bought by GM for its own use. This facility is the first of its kind to be run by a recognized manufacturer that’s intended to make parts for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Mike Robinson, GM vice president, Energy, Environment and Safety Policy, said that electrically driven vehicles represent the “future of sustainable transportation.” He believes that this facility will help GM to retain its leadership position within this category.