10 Nov General Motors to employ 3,000 more people in software deve…
US vehicle manufacturer General Motors will hire 3,000 new employees across its engineering, design and information technology divisions to increase diversity and contribute to its electric vehicle platform.
The hiring, largely focused on software development, is expected to take place from now and through the first quarter of 2021, General Motors said on Monday.
“As we evolve and grow our software expertise and services, it’s important that we continue to recruit and add diverse talent,” General Motors President Mark Reuss said in a statement. “This will clearly show that we’re committed to further developing the software we need to lead in EVs, enhance the customer experience and become a software expertise-driven workforce.”
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said last week that General Motors would boost capital spending over the next three years to speed up development of electric vehicles, with plans for at least 20 new electric vehicles worldwide by 2023. It had already said it was investing US$20 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles.
Ken Morris, General Motors Vice President of Autonomous and Electric Vehicles Programs, told reporters on a call on Monday that General Motors has pulled forward at least two upcoming electric vehicles following the GMC Hummer EV, which is the first vehicle on GM’s next-generation electric vehicle platform with its proprietary Ultium battery cells, CNBC reported.
“We’re moving as fast as we can in terms of developing vehicles virtually, more so than we ever have by far,” Morris said. “We are doing things virtually, more effective than we ever have.”
Morris said the automaker was looking forward to working with President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to support policies that will foster greater adoption of electric vehicles across all 50 states and encourage investments in research and development and manufacturing.
“At the end of the day, climate change is a global concern and the best way to remove automobile emissions from the environmental equation is all-electric, zero-emissions future,” Morris said.
The additional 3,000 jobs are separate from a previous announcement by General Motors to hire 1,100 new employees as part of a US$2.3 billion joint venture with LG Chem to produce Ultium cells in northeast Ohio.
The company employed about 164,000 people globally in 2019, down from 215,000 in 2015 as the company has restructured and cut operations.