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GM to build their own batteries, seeks new employee

Even though some battery companies out there are looking for more business GM doesn't want to have to depend on foreign companies or distant production facilities for its power packs. At least that seemed the message the Wall Street Journal seemed to get from recent trips to Washington by Detroit execs.

So what's the solution? Perhaps the number one Detroit automaker is going to take it upon itself to build its own batteries. Although it hasn't made any public announcements to that effect it does seem they are soliciting a new employee who's job-to-be description includes, "Manufacturing Engineering lead for the creation of a battery manufacturing plant assembly process and first implementation execution."
U.S. Auto Makers Target Battery Gap With Japan
General Motors Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner, appearing on Capitol Hill, called on Congress to support advanced-battery development in the U.S., which he said lags far behind the government-supported development efforts in Japan and South Korea.

The market for advanced automotive batteries is expected to grow to between $30 billion and $40 billion a year by 2020, compared with today's $900 million market for hybrid batteries, according to Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Detroit executives say that by helping to narrow the battery-development gap, a federal-loan package would further the goal of U.S. energy security in addition to aiding the country's auto industry. The executives argue that failure to develop a competitive battery industry domestically could create a new energy dependency for the U.S. by making it reliant on foreign-made batteries, even as it seeks to reduce its dependence on imported oil.

"Moving from imported oil to imported batteries" wouldn't address the nation's energy-security concerns, said Mark Fields, head of Ford Motor Co. operations in the Americas, speaking recently in Washington. "Bold and dramatic incentives are needed to accelerate the commercial development of high-energy power batteries right here in the U.S."
 

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Excellent! It'd be very smart if America would get moving on battery technology so we don't fall irreversibly behind. Glad to see GM and Ford advocating this. It would be great to see the batteries for these cars developed and built right here in America. How cool would that be!
 

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Keeping even more of the car local good work GM. Hopefully they get someone that is qualified and capable of holding the job.
 

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This is awesome! Hopfully it will help Americans stay ahead on battery tech.!
 

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It's time to bring the jobs back home and rebuild North America.
We've bent over backwards to move the rest of the world forward.
Now let's get back to business.
 

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And in related news, I reject Toyota and Honda.
 

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It's time to bring the jobs back home and rebuild North America.
We've bent over backwards to move the rest of the world forward.
Now let's get back to business.
Yeah, we need to start "nation building" in our own country! :yup:
 

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Great news! You cannot trust Japanese companies, since they are still very nationalistic no matter how much they say they want to "work with" a foreign company. This will not change given their culture. GM also needs more batteries to meet demand for the Volt and upcoming interations, so it cannot rely on just one supplier.
 

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I am assuming this is part of the joint powertrain development that Ford and GM agreed to a few months back?
That would be awesome! If GM, Ford, and Chrysler co-developed and produced a world-beating Li-ion battery pack and then used that technology to dominate the market, we might see a resurgence of the big 3. I can always dream, right...?
 

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Rather than cutting costs, GM and Ford have given up more than they gained by buying, rather than making, their parts. This may represent a return to common sense. They will surely use enough batteries that they should be making them, and they will surely have both the incentive and the staff to be at least as innovative as any other company.
 

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That is GREAT NEWS!!!!

Now for the broken record........

Moraine Assembly could use some love. lol Heck we are an electronic union. (IUE-CWA)
 

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That is GREAT NEWS!!!!

Now for the broken record........

Moraine Assembly could use some love. lol Heck we are an electronic union. (IUE-CWA)
Why not?
That would be a clear sign that the battery development loan is worth pursuing.
Real live North American manufacturing jobs.

If Ener Del can do make batteries profitably in North America,
why not the the other battery manufacturers?

Why not?
 

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Wait, I thought most people were against the government loan. But now people are for it? What do you think is allowing GM to do this?
 

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So GM is telling the battery manufacturers, "Thanks but no thanks. If we want batteries we will make them ourselves."
:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao: Good one.

And good move GM.
 

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So GM is telling the battery manufacturers, "Thanks but no thanks. If we want batteries we will make them ourselves."
Maybe, maybe not - or maybe sorta'.

One way to play it - which like anything else, has pluses and minuses to it, is to keep some in house and have some outside.

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This is great news..... exactly whats needed and is usable - more ways than one.

I'd love to see GM be able to legitimately wrap the flag and American nation building around the Volt.
 
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