General Motors Co. (GM) is opening its latest global research centre in China today. The centre is aimed at the development of a new generation of electric vehicles.

‘The facilities will support advances in technology, power trains, electrification and vehicle design for GM on a local and global basis,’ GM said in a statement.

The company have said they picked Shanghai as the home of their new facilities as ‘Northeast Asia – Japan, South Korea and China – is the world’s major hub for advanced electric car battery research.’

The company are also hoping to take advantage of the large number of engineering graduates working in the region.

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