GM is doubling down on the EV future.
GMs The Lockport, New York component plant is preparing for a major refurbishment. The plan currently hosts the production of many ancillary components used in the production of GM trucks. In the future, however, GM will use this historic plant to manufacture key components for use in future electric vehicles.
The Lockport, NY facility dates back to 1910 when it was the Harrison Radiator Company, an organization focused on the design and manufacture of state-of-the-art automotive radiators. Now, over 110 years later, this historic plan prepares for the next automotive paradigm shift that looks to GM’s electric future. This plan will benefit from an investment of US$154 million GM This will create over 230 new jobs over the next five years.
According to GM, Lockport Components “currently produces radiators, condensers, heater cores, evaporators, HVAC modules, oil coolers and other components used in a variety of GM trucks.” Going forward, however, the focus will be specifically on the production of stator modules for electric motors .
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A stator is the stationary component of an electric motor that surrounds the electric motor’s rotor, which transmits torque to the car’s wheels. The stator is powered by the vehicle’s battery and uses a series of conductive wires to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy.
It goes without saying that the stator of an electic motor is a very critical component that will determine the success of GM’s future EV products. This transition from engine-supporting components to the production of critical electric motor parts is a major opportunity for the Lockport facility to impact the future of American EV transportation. GM says renovations will begin immediately to keep up with growing demand for electric vehicles.