A few weeks after launching a marketing campaign for the Ultium platform in China, General Motors has just inaugurated the new Ultium Center factory in the city of Shanghai. The Ultium Center is qualified as a “super factory” that will produce entire battery systems and state-of-the-art motors for the automaker’s upcoming fully electric vehicles in the Asian country.
SAIC-GM, the US automaker’s main joint venture in China, announced the start of operations at the new Ultium Center factory as a milestone for mass production of next-generation Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet electric vehicles. As such, it will become the main supplier of powertrains and battery packs for Ultium EV platform-based electric vehicles built in China.
The joint venture, which recently launched a new logo to represent GM’s new global corporate image and jump-start the electric era, announced that the new Ultium Center factory is part of the massive 50-billion yuan investment (about $ 7.8 billion USD) that the manufacturer is spending for automotive electrification, intellectualization and connectivity technologies.
The new Ultium Center factory was built on top of SAIC-GM’s former automotive battery systems development center in Shanghai, which was completely renovated to manufacture and test all powertrains in the Ultium platform vehicle portfolio for the Chinese market. The factory currently produces battery packs of all types, including mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids and locally developed electric batteries.
In conjunction with two New Energy Vehicle (NEV) test centers recently inaugurated by the company, the new Ultium Center factory further strengthens SAIC-GM’s electrified powertrain development capabilities. In addition, it will enable it to provide strong technical support to Ultium EV platform systems in China – which has the world’s largest automotive market and EV demand.
The rollout of GM’s Ultium EV technology in China will begin with the local launch of the all-new Cadillac Lyriq, which will soon start accepting reservations in the Asian country and hit the Chinese market early next year. Additionally, the company plans to launch more than ten locally built, Ultium EV platform-based all-electric vehicles from its three subsidiary brands by 2025.