GM announced its Mich. plant in Brownstown Township will produce Chevrolet Volt's lithium-ion batteries plus other extended-area electric cars. The American maker will put 43 million Dollars in the factory, employing 100 salaried, hourly employees. The equipment installation started this month already' production begins in the 4th quarter of next year when Chevrolet will be rolling out Volt.
The factory will have 3 assembly areas: pre-assembly battery module (processes, installs cells into 1 of the 3 battery modules comprising a single battery wrap), final assembly (testing those 3 modules) plus the battery set main line (the battery gets the hoses, straps and electric connections).
GM president and CEO - Fritz Henderson said 'Developing and producing advanced batteries is a key step in GM’s journey to become the leader in electric vehicles. This state-of-the-art battery manufacturing site reinforces our commitment to achieve that goal and to deliver clean, fuel-efficient vehicles to our customers'.
GM group vice president, Gary Cowger, manufacturing and labor relations affirmed 'The GM Brownstown Battery Assembly plant will use flexible manufacturing layouts as well as equipment, which will enable the plant to quickly respond to volume or product changes in the market. We’ll use a number of tools to ensure quality in every phase of the battery assembly process'.
In November 2010 you can find Chevrolet Volt officially on sale, powered by batteries with lithium-ion made at the Michigan factory. The electric propulsion Voltec system has of 150 parts, with GM designing all but 8 pieces of the assembly. Volt travels up to 40 miles only with electricity having just one battery charge.
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