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GM Hires 1,000 Engineers to Expand Electric Offerings

General Motors Co., the maker of the Chevrolet Volt gasoline-electric car, will hire 1,000 engineers in Michigan to help expand the automakers’ lineup of electric-drive vehicles.

The hiring will increase GM’s workforce of electric-vehicle engineers to about 3,000, Rob Peterson, a company spokesman, said today at an event to mark the start of production of the $41,000 car. Detroit-based GM plans to sell 10,000 Volts next year and 45,000 in 2012.

The Volt, begun under former Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner, is the centerpiece of GM’s effort to position the company as innovative and environmentally friendly. Dan Akerson, who took over as CEO in September, has said he wants GM to be “at the forefront” of electric-car development.

“GM is going to lead the industry in the adoption of various vehicle-electrification technologies,” Akerson said today in a statement. “We want to give our customers energy choices other than petroleum and to make the automobile part of the solution when it comes to the environment.”

GM rose 35 cents to $34.15 at 2:27 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares have gained 3.4 percent from their $33 sale price in an initial public offering earlier this month.

Volt Requests

More than 200,000 people have requested more information about the Volt, said John Hughes, the car’s marketing manager.
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