GM, LG Chem joint venture Ultium Cells “to power EV future”

The partnership between General Motors (GM) and LG Chem to manufacture battery cells has a new name: Ultium Cells LLC, the Tribune Chronicle reports. GM and LG Chem “will mass produce battery cells for future battery-electric vehicles” at the Lordstown plant (see our March 31, 2020 blog post) that is expected to create more than 1,100 new jobs, the article reports. GM earlier announced “a strategy to grow the company’s electric vehicle [EV] sales quickly,” the heart of which “is a modular propulsion system and the highly flexible, third-generation global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries.” The Ultium batteries are unique “because the large-format, pouch-style cells can be stacked vertically or horizontally inside the battery pack,” allowing engineers “to optimize battery energy storage and layout for each vehicle design.” For more, read the full article

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