GM is moving the engineering team responsible for the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette into the company's electric and autonomous vehicle programs in an internal memo to push the boundaries of what its future EV battery systems and components can deliver.
The memo sent by Doug Parks, GM's executive vice president of global product development, purchasing, and supply chain, announced that the Corvette team will move from the automaker's global product team to the autonomous and electric vehicle program led by Ken Morris. The postponement will take effect on September 1st, according to the memo. The change was first reported by InsideEVs.
“General Motors is committed to a fully electric future. I'm excited to put the team that redefined the performance, design and accessibility of supercars in key roles so that we can integrate and run our electric vehicles to the same high standards, ”said Morris in an email sent statement.
In the memo, Parks said the move will “help this already dynamic team push the boundaries of what our future EV battery systems and components can deliver when it comes to excitement and exciting performance for our customers. The Corvette team is familiar with the excitement of customers and critics alike. It brought the mid-engined Corvette to market with worldwide acclaim and became one of the most award-winning cars in automotive history. "
The change won't disrupt the entire Corvette team. Tadge Juechter remains Executive Chief Engineer at Global Corvette and will continue to lead the team as new variants hit the market. Corvette's chief engineer, Ed Piatek, will now be chief engineer of the "future product" and will continue to report to Tadge. Under this new role, Piatek will work on future EV programs across the organization, according to the memo. Josh Holder, who was Corvette's Program Engineering Manager, is being promoted to Chief Engineer for Global Corvette, replacing Piatek.
The organizational change follows a series of announcements and investments by GM in electric vehicles and automated vehicle technology. In January, the automaker announced it would invest $ 2.2 billion in its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to produce all-electric trucks and SUVs, as well as a self-driving vehicle unveiled by its subsidiary Cruise. GM will invest an additional $ 800 million in sub-tooling and other projects related to the introduction of the new electric vehicles.
GM will launch this new program with an all-electric pickup truck that will go into production in late 2021. The Cruise Origin, the electric self-propelled ride-sharing shuttle, will be the second vehicle to go into production in the Detroit area. Last month, GM said it is on track to deliver 20 electric vehicles by 2023, most of which will use the company new modular EV architecture called Ultium.
GM is already building one A nearly 3 million square meter factory that mass-produces Ultium battery cells and packs. This is the cornerstone of the company's strategy to bring these electric vehicles to market over the next three years. Ultium Cells LLC's battery cell manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio, is part of a joint venture between GM and LG Chem announced in December.