Yeah. "Mostly" imports, if you count the millions of made in China electric motors in blenders, electric razors, toys, garage doors, etc. the Leaf and Tesla motors are a tiny fraction.Until now, electric motors and drive units – the heart and soul of electric vehicles – have been mostly imports.
OK. So they are the first automaker to make electric motors for their own Spark EV in their own Baltimore plant.
I find it weird that somebody on a Tesla forum would write that. If it's for sale anyone can buy it from a California dealer.
You got to be kidding. The Nissan Leaf builds its motors in Tennessee and Tesla is California. So I guess these states are not part of the USA.
But then you have to pick it up in California, pay California taxes, ship it back home, and hope nothing goes wrong with the firs EV GM makes in almost 20 years.
I have a Tesla Service Center within 10 miles of my house.
GM developed some expertise in electric motor manufacturing with a pilot factory in Wixom, Mich. Before launching manufacturing at the Baltimore plant, workers completed training on the operation of the machines used to configure and manufacture the electric motor and drive units.
The Baltimore plant is GM's exclusive manufacturer of A1000 transmissions for heavy duty pickup trucks and electric motors and drivetrains for the Chevrolet Spark EV. This factory has been zero-landfill since 2007, recycling 100% of its waste. It also has a 1.2 MW roof mounted solar array, that was installed in May 2011.
A new facility was built on the grounds of the Baltimore plant was built explicitly for electric motor manufacturing. This business was formerly operated in Mexico, and has been brought back to the U.S.