General Motors (GM) is setting itself apart from other domestic automakers in the electrified vehicle department. GM recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new electric motor plant near Baltimore. The plant, which is scheduled to open in two years, will be the first dedicated electric motor plant operated by a U.S. automaker.

An electric motor plant wouldn’t be complete from an environmental perspective without a renewable energy installation. GM has this covered, as well. The facility will be partially powered by a 1.23-megawatt rooftop solar array. The solar installation will generate about 9 percent of the facility’s annual energy use. This will lead to a savings of $330,000 in total energy costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1,103 metric tons annually.

“We believe the future of sustainable transportation is electrically driven vehicles and this facility will help us maintain a leadership position within this category,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president for Energy, Environment and Safety Policy. “It’s fitting that green ‘motors of the future’ are being built at a facility well recognized for ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact.” Source: GM

The plant will join other buildings at the GM Baltimore Operations complex. While the new electric motor plant will be creating eco-friendly auto components, the Baltimore Operations complex has already made an environmental statement of its own. In 2007, the facility earned zero-landfill status.

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