General Motors has laid out plans to begin offering electric vehicle component sets for upfitting applications, which it says will help “meet the growing demand for zero-emissions technology,” in industries including aviation, automotive, marine and construction.
The automaker plans to roll out its EV components strategy through its existing GM Powered Solutions arm. The automaker says GM Powered Solutions “will begin introducing tailored electric component sets,” in the near future, which will allow customers to integrate the latest GM EV technology into custom applications. Put simply, GM Powered Solutions will begin offering GM electric motors, batteries and other components necessary for converting the powertrains of fleet vehicles, construction equipment and other machines from fuel-powered to battery-electric.
GM also plans to offer battery-electric conversions for marine applications through its GM Marine arm. The automaker recently invested in Seattle-based company Pure Watercraft and plans to work with the company to develop and commercialize battery-electric watercraft and accelerate the transition to electric mobility. Additionally, the automaker announced a strategic collaboration with Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc. this week, which will see it provide EV components to the company to electrify its various products, which include airport baggage tractors, cargo tractors and belt loaders, among more.
These new EV component strategies compliment the Chevrolet Performance e-crate powertrain, which was first announced at the SEMA360 online show last year. The Chevrolet Performance e-crate powertrains allow customers to purchase a turnkey electric powertrain from GM for installation in a classic car or another project car. The next-generation of GM’s e-crate powertrains, which will utilize its Ultium modular battery design and Ultium Drive motors, will go on sale in 2022.
Travis Hester, GM vice president of Electric Vehicle Growth Operations, said the automaker’s EV components business will help GM diversify its income with regard to electric vehicle technology.
“GM has an established strategy, network of integrators and co-development agreements to apply an extensive array of components and solutions to a broad range of customers and use cases,” Hester said. “As companies across many industries look to reduce their environmental impact, GM is uniquely positioned to serve as a leader not only through exciting new EVs across our brands, but through additional technology applications, and we look forward to bringing customers – existing and new – along with us on our zero-emissions journey.”
More information on GM’s EV components strategy is available via the GM Powered Solutions website.