GM says it’s also close to making its own ‘million-mile battery’
|driving.ca 22 May 2020 at 06:21|
Tesla has taken an early lead as it busily prepares its million-mile battery in partnership with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd and a handful of industry brainiacs, including some in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It expects to unveil the battery later this year or early next.
But Tesla had better not look over its shoulder too frequently, because General Motors has been keeping pace, and may even be gaining a bit.
GM’s head of global product development and purchasing, Doug Parks, recently told Reuters that GM was also “almost there” with its own million-mile battery. He didn’t give any dates, but confirmed that “multiple teams” are working on it and are making strides on important issues like reducing the use of cobalt, which is highly expensive.
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Today’s most advanced batteries generally last 100,000 to 200,000 miles, and in order for GM to hit its goal of selling 1 million electric vehicles a year in 2025 in the U.S. and China, it’s hoping to bring to market more cost-effective solutions.
To that end, the brand has been busily developing other battery innovations, and according to coverage by Green Car Reports is already working on more advanced batteries than the recently announced Ultium units , which will power some of Honda’s fully electric offerings.