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General Motors alternative-fuel plant in Torrance will to Michigan

By Muhammed El-Hasan Writer

Posted: 02/03/13, PM PST |

A General Motors engineering in Torrance dedicated to technologies for vehicles will be relocated to company officials said


The Advanced Technology Center, employs 114 people, will to Pontiac, Mich. by the end of next as the automaker consolidates various around the country into one The car company said its move save money and reduce times because more will be under the one roof.

Engineers and technicians at the ATC — as the center is known — electric motors and power

The ATC was responsible for technology used in EV1, the first mass-produced vehicle in modern times. The is at 3050 Lomita Blvd.

of the employees will have job and we hope they will be in transferring to Pontiac with the GM spokesman Dan Flores said in an to the Daily Breeze.

Torrance and the South Bay have a major West Coast industry hub. For example, is home to Toyota’s U.S. and marketing arm and Honda’s U.S. Honda also has a vehicle studio in Torrance.

Tesla which builds high-end cars, has an engineering center in

Nissan’s North American had been located in Carson for years until it moved to in 2006 to save money. offers much lower property values and even costs.

Last week, GM that it will invest million into its Global Engineering Headquarters in Pontiac to a new 138,000-square-foot test wing, to be completed in the second half of

Operations from the ATC in Torrance, as as three other GM facilities the country, will relocate to the new Pontiac will gain 400 jobs from the moves.

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On the of it, I do think this is GM following up a bit on its attempt to really consolidate and in some of these far-flung said Bill Visnic, editor at the auto information Edmunds.com. It has been their effort ever since restructuring to save these

GM exited bankruptcy in 2009 the federal government saved the from possible liquidation in the of the global financial crisis.

noted that GM’s to move the ATC comes as the broader rethinks the future of electric amid weak sales of the the high price tag and limited

It’s possible that of the steam has gone out of the electric movement, Visnic said.

In 2011, GM spent $1.1 on a facility adjacent to the ATC that the car uses as a center to test its new technologies under California’s and traffic conditions. That center will remain in GM spokesman Dave Barthmus

The ATC was established in 1990 by Hughes Co. the former aerospace business in El Segundo. GM owned Hughes at the and incorporated some of those technologies into its car business. purchased Hughes in 2000.

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