GM to develop Ultium EV battery for US Army


Having already been picked in July to provide a GMC Hummer EV to the U.S. Military for analysis functions, Normal Motors has now been picked by the Division of Protection to develop a battery to check within the Division’s personal electric-vehicle platforms.

In an announcement made final week, GM Protection, GM’s division liable for navy merchandise, stated it should leverage GM’s Ultium battery expertise present in civilian autos just like the Hummer EV, in addition to the Cadillac Lyriq, and Chevrolet’s upcoming Blazer EV and Equinox EV, to develop a prototype battery that meets the necessities of the Division of Protection’s Protection Innovation Unit.

The unit was established in 2015 to faucet superior business applied sciences to assist speed up improvement of merchandise for the navy. It is now searching for to develop a scalable battery that can be utilized in tactical navy autos.

GM’s Ultium battery expertise gives many advantages. Along with already having been extensively examined in GM’s personal autos, the modular and scalable design of Ultium batteries make them appropriate for all kinds of auto sorts. Including to their flexibility is the likelihood for various chemistries, which might be suited to varied necessities equivalent to a excessive energy discharge, quick cost velocity, or lengthy vary.

The Division of Protection is searching for to scale back its reliance on fossil fuels and is taking a look at extra options than battery expertise alone. It’s also evaluating autos powered by hydrogen gasoline cells, with GM Protection having beforehand equipped a Chevrolet Colorado idea car outfitted with a gasoline cell. With each applied sciences, near-silent operation may present advantages within the discipline.


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