GM Ultium Batteries
General Motors’ Ultium Batteries for More Electrifying EVs
General Motors aims to be a leader in electric technology and to achieve zero emissions with its vehicles. GM supports the prediction of about 3 million EV units on average by 2030 with the introduction of the new modular platform and Ultium batteries.
The auto manufacturer unveiled the new platform and introduced Ultium batteries at a weeklong event in Warren, Michigan at the GM Design Dome. Nearly 2000 visitors came to see this technology, including media, dealers, and others.
The flexible platform is designed to work for all types of vehicles, from passenger cars to full-size pickup trucks, SUVs, minivans, and commercial vehicles. It is easily adaptable for various sizes of vehicles as a combination modular battery and drive unit platform.
When combined with Ultium batteries, the platform could support front- or rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive for increased versatility. Energy ranges vary from 50 to more than 200 kWh with a driving range of up to 450 miles with just one charge. This platform allows vehicles to provide almost instant acceleration from zero to 60 mph in just three seconds.
GM will be producing Ultium batteries in partnership with LG Energy Solution as high-energy cells to fit a range of electric models. Engineers have been working with scientists to figure out how to lower the cost of batteries. They are also attempting to increase charging times to ensure the EV models are more practical for the average driver.
How the Batteries Function
Batteries use energy cells, which are banded together into a battery module, which is then combined with other modules to become a battery pack. The battery pack is what is placed into the vehicle, which is flat and can be stacked to offer versatility in placement.
Ultium batteries are unique in the fact that they can be stacked either horizontally or vertically. Vertical stacks work best for trucks and SUVs while cars and performance vehicles are best suited to horizontal stacking. These batteries also offer digital programming, which allows updates for the battery modules.
This modular driver unit allows the platform to work with front and rear-wheel drive as well as all-wheel drive to fit all types of vehicles on a single platform. It is the first of its kind to work for both front and rear-wheel drive with just one design.
Advantages for Buyers
When this platform and Ultium batteries become available in vehicles, EV models will have a lower cost, which makes them more affordable for a wider range of buyers. The design is also more versatile with room for passengers because of the placement of the battery. Even the exterior design will have more options, which can improve aerodynamics.
Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC plan to launch new EV models in the next couple of years. The goal for GM is to have an electric model in every segment. The company already has the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant solely devoted to EV models.
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