Only a couple of months ago, the company announced that the construction of a second plant was about to start, in Tennessee, the first one being in Ohio. While these 2 are currently being built, GM just dropped the news that 2 more battery cell manufacturing plants will be added in the following years. This goes to show that the American vehicle manufacturer is literally putting their money on the Ultium battery, a technology that’s new on the horizon and that was developed together with LG Chem.
The other thing that GM is betting on is the Hydrotec fuel cell technology. If the Ultium battery is GM’s ticket to conquering the EV world, Hydrotec opens the doors to many other automotive projects. The world’s first battery-powered locomotive (in collaboration with Wabtec), hydrogen-powered heavy trucks (together with Navistar), hydrogen-powered auxiliary power units for jets (together with Liebherr-Aerospace) and even next-generation lunar vehicles (with Lockheed Martin) – are just the beginning.
As far as AV goes, GM’s subsidiary, Cruise, is now the first company to provide driverless AV passenger services to the public in California, it also operates in Dubai and will soon start testing in Japan. GM is also set to begin building the Cruise Origin at its ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, next year. And, of course, EV production is also at the forefront. Besides 30 new EVs to be available globally by 2025, GM also intends to add new electric trucks and to increase assembly capacity for EV SUVs in the U.S.
We’ll find out more about that later on, as the company releases new information.