General Motors is getting some new general-use motors.
The automaker revealed the three electric motors that will be featured across the upcoming lineup of electric models that will be built on its Ultium battery-powered platform.
The three motors come in three power levels and will be mixed and matched as required by each model. The trio includes a 180-kilowatt motor intended for front-wheel-drive applications, a 255-kilowatt motor that can be used in the front or rear and a 62-kilowatt auxiliary motor.
The more powerful versions use a permanent magnet design that reduces the need for rare earth minerals while the smallest one is an induction motor that a GM spokesman said would be primarily used to help get a vehicle unstuck and could be disengaged to improve efficiency.
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GM said the motors have all been engineered in house with new power control units and that the upcoming GMC Hummer EV would use three of the 255-kilowatt units (two in the rear, one in the front) to reach its advertised 1,000 hp rating.
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