GM holds a “Me too” event to say its getting serious about EVs.
The short version:
- GM is designing an EV platform that will be at the heart of its EV lineup.
- “Ultium” will be a modular architecture, capable of 19 different battery and drive unit configurations.
- The configurations will include 400 and 800-volt battery packs, front-wheel, rear-wheel, and all-wheel-drive, and storage ranging from 50 kWh to 200 kWh.
- GM plans to use Ultium across many of its brands including Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC.
- The company hopes this strategy will drop the cost of battery cells below $100/kWh.
- GM will be teaming up with LG Chem to develop the battery packs.
So here’s the deal…I’m not holding my breath that this is going to shake up the industry. Legacy automakers have proven in the past that they are slow to change and extremely hesitant to take the risks needed to lead the electric vehicle charge. 10 years ago it would have been enough to just replace an ICE drive train with a BEV drive train, but now people want an entirely different experience. GM may have a great idea with the modular architecture (which VW announced quite a while ago), but I doubt the company has the flexibility to become a leader in the new auto industry.