New GM Batteries
GM has just made a bold move in the ever growing EV market, revealing details of an electric lineup powered by new battery technology.
General Motors is looking to the future and going the distance with their new Ultium Modular Battery System, which they say will have capacities that range from 50 to 200 kilowatt hours.
That translates to up to 400 miles or more on a full charge!
Working together with LG Chem, GM says they expect battery cell cost to be below 100 dollars per kilowatt hour, making it competitive with internal combustion engines.
And because these batteries can be stacked vertically for trucks, SUVs, and crossover. Or horizontally for cars and performance vehicles. We’ll see the Ultium batteries across segment lines including in the GMC Hummer EV, which is set to be unveiled in late May.
Cadillac’s Lyriq luxury SUV will be the first to be powered by the new battery. We were supposed to get a look at it at its reveal in early April, but GM cancelled that debut because of Coronavirus concerns.
It’s just the latest in a string full of hits to the industry and auto shows. The New York International Auto Show is now postponed until August and this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit cancelled completely.
This comes just weeks after we saw the Geneva International Motor Show cancelled, leaving organizers and manufacturers scrambling to debut reveals online.
With the spread of the virus, we’ve already seen disruptions in suppliers leading to suspension in production for some manufacturers but the extent and the ultimate impact on automakers, is still an unknown.
Now don’t forget, wash your hands, and that’s a wrap for this week’s Motor News.