General Motors (GM) revealed yesterday (19) that it is close to completing the development of a battery for electric cars lasting 1.6 million kilometers. The statement was made by automaker executive vice president Doug Parks, during an online conference with investors.
According to Parks, the company is working on the creation of the next generation of batteries, more advanced than the Ultium, launched in March. It will be produced in Ohio (United States), through a joint venture with LG Chem, whose investments reach US $ 2.3 billion. The new brand was named Ultium Cells.
Also according to the executive, GM has been working on different fronts to optimize production, including advances in the development of solid state electrolytes, zero cobalt electrodes and ultra-fast charging. Also being studied are some ways to reduce the costs of operations, to make the product cheaper and massify it.
Even with the work at an accelerated pace, he did not reveal a date for the launch of the new 1.6 million km battery, which will succeed the models currently used, with an estimated duration of 320 thousand kilometers.
Tesla also promises long battery life
The market for long-life batteries for electric cars promises to be agitated in the coming years. In addition to GM, another manufacturer that has already announced the production of the 1 million-mile battery, equivalent to 1.6 million kilometers, was Tesla.
In the case of Tesla’s 1.6 million km battery, production will take place in partnership with China’s CATL, which also works with other automakers. The project provides for a low-cost product, making it possible to reduce the prices of electric cars.
Elon Musk’s company wants to launch the novelty between the end of this year and the beginning of 2021, first equipping the Tesla Model 3, with the debut taking place in China. The automaker’s CEO plans to soon sell 1 million cars with the new technology.
GM’s plans are similar: to sell 1 million vehicles powered by energy per year, starting in 2025, in the American and Chinese markets.