The company announces new investments in the electric segment and reveals: the price of its vehicles with the plug will reach parity with those powered by gasoline within five years
30 EV models for 2025 based on GM’s new Ultium batteries
(Rinnovabili.it) – The General Motors (GM) increases the dose in the electrical segment. From the virtual conference stage Barclays Global Automotive, the CEO and president Mary Barra revealed that the company will bring the global market 30 new full electric models by 2025. An offer to which will be added, for the same date, a financial commitment from 27 billion dollars in favor of vehicles with plug and autonomous vehicles. Investments, the company underlines, have even been revised upwards compared to the resources planned in the pre-COVID-19 era.
“Climate change is real and we want to be part of the solution by equipping everyone with an electric vehicle”Barra said. “We can accelerate our plans for electric vehicles because we are rapidly building a competitive advantage in batteries, software, vehicle integration, manufacturing and customer experience.”
And making the difference in the new GM offer will be precisely theaccumulation. The models under development will be equipped with special Ultium batteries, created in JV with LG Chem. Unlike classic lithium-ion technology, the new cells use proprietary a chemistry low cobalt content it’s a unique design that allows for higher energy density, using less “inactive” material. To this are added new electrolytes and the first use of lithium metal anodes. Furthermore, the design has made it possible to achieve better integration between vehicles and batteries, allowing fewer modules that can be stacked vertically or horizontally. Ultium energy options go and 50 to 200 kWh, which could allow a range of 720 km or more on a full charge. Providing acceleration from 0 to 100 in just 3 seconds.
The company is already testing the first prototypes with the idea of reaching the market for the middle of the decade. According to GM Ultium technology should bring electric vehicles closer to the price of gasoline-powered vehicles. “The development times [..] they are accelerating and costs are falling rapidly. We expect our Ultium EV programs to be profitable from the first generation onwards “, he has declared Doug Parks, vicepresidente esecutivo di Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “It is not just cost and performance that give us a competitive edge in this rapidly changing industry, but also the way we integrate them with other advanced systems such as Super Cruise, our new electronic and digital platform for vehicles and other technologies. ‘avant-garde ”.