GM is very aware that the all-electric future is somewhere on the horizon. And they’re taking big steps to make sure they’re not left in the dust. GM has been investing big in EV technology, and they’ve just unveiled what’s going to be powering the future of the company. This new EV platform might be one of the most flexible designs in the industry. Is it enough to keep GM ahead in an electric future?

Ultimate modularity

With GM expanding their EV offerings in every direction they needed a reliable platform that could support all their aspirations. They needed technology that could work just as well in a massive Hummer as a sedan. With their expansion in EVs across multiple brands, it wouldn’t make sense to reinvent the wheel(or battery) for each one.

GM has achieved this flexibility with their proprietary Ultium batteries. The cells in these batteries are flat pouches, rather than the solid cylindrical batteries Tesla uses. These battery cells can also be stacked vertically or horizontally, allowing designers to maximize the space available. This modularity reminds me of the platform powering the Nissan Ariya, though GM seems to have bigger aspirations.

GM has also been making leaps in performance, energy density, and cost. They’re designed for both level 2 and DC fast charging. This should give up to 200 kW fast-charging, or enough for 100 miles of range in 10 minutes.

This platform can allow for up to 400 miles of range. And it can hit 0-60 in just 3 seconds. These aren’t just competitive specs, they’re top of the line. This platform will be powering options coming from Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, Buick, and Hummer, just to name a few. It looks like there’s going to be a lot of very good EV options in the next few years.

GM is betting big

Our team accepted the challenge to transform product development at GM and position our company for an all-electric future.

Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO

GM is investing billions of dollars to expand their EV lineup. They’re spending $2.2 billion to expand EV production in their Detroit-Hamtramck factory. This is going to become their first factory 100% focused on building EVs.

Thousands of GM scientists, engineers and designers are working to execute an historic reinvention of the company. They are on the cusp of delivering a profitable EV business that can satisfy millions of customers.

GM President Mark Reuss

They’re also partnering with LG Chem to build a $2.3 billion battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio. They believe this is going to massively drive their battery costs down. They expect they’ll soon be able to produce batteries below $100/kWh. If this is true GM could become the industry’s battery king, stealing the crown from Tesla. I’m sure Tesla won’t fall behind, but right now it’s a race to $100/kWh batteries.

Our take

I really hope GM’s EV ventures are successful. More competition in the EV market will accelerate EV adoption. And with so many options on the horizon, it looks like they’re going to have an electric car for everybody.

We’ll talk in more depth on their newly announced offerings in the coming days. There are just too many cars to condense into one post. So if you’d like to keep updated about all these new offerings from GM then follow our social media up top!

You May Also Like

Apparently Tesla’s Could Have Vehicle-to-Grid Capabilities

Vehicle-to-Grid technology, or V2G, could completely change the way our power grid…