GM Opens New Tech Center in Honda’s, Toyota’s Backyard

On Thursday, General Motors opened up an addition to its Advanced Tech Center in Torrance, Calif. The Advance Tech Center, as its known, will serve as one of GM’s technological hotspots and as a sort-of proving grounds for alternative fuel vehicles.

The dozen or so scientists, engineers and technicians now have an extra 12,000 square feet in which to play with up-and-coming green car tech. General Motors has said that the Advance Tech Center will serve as a base for the creation, development and testing of its alternative fuel vehicles. Somewhat telling of what GM plans for its new facility, it’s already equipped with both electric charging stations, and hydrogen fuel stations, as well as battery maintenance and development facilities. GM has already said that both the Chevrolet Volt and its EN-V urban mobility vehicle, which is an odd cross between a Segway and golf cart, if you will.

GM’s move of its Advanced Tech center from Burbank to Torrance shouldn’t really come as a surprise from the automaker. Both Honda and Toyota have long maintained their American headquarters in Torrance, and Nissan previously was based in the area before its move to Tennessee. The presence of foreign automakers nearby makes the area especially well known for its rich talent pool of automotive engineers and it looks like GM is attempting to hop into the fray and add to that.

Source: GM, Daily Breeze