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GM Set to Move Faster on Future Battery Cars

Will GM partner with Honda on plug-based models?

by on Jan.07, 2016

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra at the CES debut of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.

The launch of the new Chevrolet Bolt is likely to mark the start, rather than the end, of General Motors’ electrification efforts, a number of company officials tell

And though CEO Mary Barra was not ready to comment about future models during a media roundtable in Las Vegas, she stressed the speed with which GM will have gone from concept to customer with the 200-mile Bolt. It was first revealed in prototype form at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, returning in production form at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. The Chevy Bolt will be on sale later this year.

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“That speaks to the speed of this technology team,” said Barra, adding that, “We are committed to electrification. We see it as a very important part” of the GM portfolio.


GM Opens New Battery Center in China

“Critical” enabler for future electric vehicle programs.

by on Aug.20, 2012

A worker at the GM battery lab in China.

General Motors China has opened an advanced development center in Shanghai where researchers and engineers will work on the development of next-generation vehicle battery systems.

The decision is no coincidence.  With its endemic smog problems, China has set strict new mandates for the use of electric propulsion and could become the leader, many experts believe, in the development of battery technology.

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“Producing the first prototype battery cells is a big step forward for the GM China Advanced Technical Center. It is critical for enabling GM to develop smaller, lighter and lower-cost new-generation batteries,” said John Du, director of GM China’s China Science Lab.


GM Dedicates 1st U.S. Auto Lithium Battery Plant

Detroit facility could produce 70,000 LIon packs annually.

by on Aug.14, 2009

The GM Subsystem Manufacturing facility in suburban Detroit will be the first high-volume automotive lithium-ion battery manufacturing site in the U.S.

The GM Subsystem Manufacturing facility in suburban Detroit will be the first high-volume automotive lithium-ion battery manufacturing site in the U.S.

General Motors Corp. plans to have the capacity to build as many as 70,000 battery packs at its new battery assembly plant outside of Detroit.

Fritz Henderson, GM president and chief executive officer, said GM’s plans call for not only using the lithium ion battery packs in the Volt but also in other vehicles.

“We will start hiring relatively soon,” he said after unveiling GM’s plans for the renovated 160,000-square-foot space at I-75 and King Road in Brownstown Township. Henderson said GM’s timetable calls for prototype production to start the first part of 2010. Thus, GM is prepared to begin the hiring process, he said.

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The plant could eventually operate on three production shifts, building as many as 70,000 battery packs.

“Developing and producing advanced batteries is a key step in GM’s journey to become the leader in electric vehicles,” Henderson said. “The state-of-the-art battery manufacturing site reinforces our commitment to achieve the goal and to deliver clean fuel-efficient vehicles to our customers,” he said.