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GM Powertrain Becomes GM Global Propulsion Systems

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GM Powertrain becomes GM Global Propulsion Systems

General Motors announced today that it is renaming GM Powertrain to become GM Global Propulsion Systems. Hopefully, this decision foretells the production viability of the Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Concept’s mid-mounted laser-beam energy propulsion system, which if you don’t recall uses shockwaves created by beams of light to create 900 horsepower and absolutely needs to become a real thing.

More likely, the move is precipitated by General Motors’ continued investment in electrified vehicle technology, including the development of the Chevy Bolt EV and future development of hydrogen fuel cell technology.

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“The new name is another step on our journey to redefine transportation and mobility,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development. “Global Propulsion Systems better conveys what we are developing and offering to our customers: an incredibly broad, diverse lineup— ranging from high-tech 3-cylinder gasoline engines to fuel cells, V8 diesel engines to battery electric systems, and 6-, 7-, 8-, 9- and 10-speed to continuously variable transmissions.”

“Gone are the days when a gasoline engine and a transmission designed independently meet a customer’s expectations,” added 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.”

General Motors notes that almost 50% of the Global Propulsion Systems engineering team is working with alternative or electrified propulsion systems. The question here is how many of those engineers are turning light into horsepower.

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