GM has announced that it is to change the name of its GM Powertrain division to GM Global Propulsion Systems in a bid to recognize the trend toward new forms of powering vehicles.
The powertrain division of the company was set up 24 years ago and covers 8,600 GM employees worldwide.
“Gone are the days when a gasoline engine and a transmission designed independently meet a customer’s expectations,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president, GM Global Propulsion Systems. “Today’s customer is demanding unprecedented technology integration that requires unprecedented engineering and supplier partnerships. The diversity of our propulsion systems requires a name that reflects what we are already working on and delivering to our customers. I believe this will establish an industry trend.”
GM says that nearly 50% of the Global Propulsion Systems engineering workforce is involved with alternative or electrified propulsion systems. GM’s expanding capabilities include the all-new Volt/Ampera-e battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as next-generation combustion engines that are set to be launched soon.
February 24, 2016