General Motors Testing Various Technologies To Reduce Battery Costs

In the race to lead the auto industry with a wealth of new all-electric vehicles, General Motors is developing new EV battery technologies to reduce manufacturing costs.

According to a recent report from Reuters, General Motors President Mark Reuss indicated that the automaker was hoping to cut EV battery production costs through the development of several new technologies, including new battery chemistries and manufacturing processes.

Reuss commented on GM’s latest tech development efforts during a recent investor conference. The automaker hopes that the new tech developments will work to reduce dependence on price-sensitive metals like cobalt, which are used in the production of lithium-ion batteries, such as GM’s Ultium battery tech.

According to the recent Reuters report, Reuss said that General Motors is investigating solid state and high-voltage electrolytes, dry processing of electrodes, and silicon-rich and lithium metal anodes. The new tech is expected to arrive with GM’s next-generation Ultium batteries, due to launch around the 2025 calendar year.

Previously, GM has stated that it plans to drive down battery costs to $100 per kWh, a goal it hopes to achieve through a joint venture with LG Chem. The joint venture includes the construction of the Ultium Cells LLC battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio, with a total investment from both companies amounting to more than $2.3 billion. The facility could ramp up production as early as 2022. The announcement of a second battery plant in Tennessee is expected soon.

General Motors has plans to launch 30 new EV models by 2025. The automaker recently announced development of a new all-electric Chevy Silverado pickup, which helped to drive GM stock values to record new highs. The automaker also recently unveiled the new GMC Hummer EV SUV and Hummer EV pickup, the refreshed 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and new Chevy Bolt EUV, as well as the Cadillac Lyriq show car, the latter of which is expected to arrive in production form by Q1 of 2022,  nine months ahead of schedule.

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Jonathan Lopez: Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

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  • So like wait what exactly was the hype about the Ultium batteries about? Don’t tell me GM marketed this as a hidden lie... and that they’re actually panicking on how to deliver on the low range bars they set already........

  • They are beating the cost factor set by the industry not GM of $100 per kWh is a big deal. Most said it could never be done.

    Then increasing range and lowering charge times while lowering the cost was impossible. But yet they have done it. GM is readying Gen 2 and already has Gen 3 coming on the batteries.

    The Hummer will charge 100 miles in 10 min. While still not where it needs to be it is closer than we have ever been. Gen 3 is expected to improve much on that.

    You can hate all you like but GM is succeeding here like it or not. This deal is bigger than any of us and it is not going to change or turn around.