GM to Hire 3,000 Employees to Work on EVs

General Motors is looking to improve its software ahead of an electric vehicle onslaught. To do that, it will hire 3,000 new employees, most of whom software engineers.

“As we evolve and grow our software expertise and services, it’s important that we continue to recruit and add diverse talent,” said Mark Reuss, GM president, in a release. “This will clearly show that we’re committed to further developing the software we need to lead in EVs, enhance the customer experience, and become a software expertise-driven workforce.”

Software engineering is an important part of EV development. Many established companies that have released new EVs have been dogged by software issues that have “bricked” their cars, including Volkswagen and Polestar—Volvo’s EV brand.

With plans to release 20 new EVs by 2023, GM is investing big in electrification. Earlier this year, it said it planned to invest $20 billion in EVs through 2025.

GM’s hiring push will push through the first quarter of 2021 and many of the positions will be remote, allowing people to work through the pandemic. 

“We’re moving as fast as we can in terms of developing vehicles virtually, more so than we ever have by far,” said Ken Morris, president of autonomous and electric vehicle programs. “We are doing things virtually, more effective than we ever have.”

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