GM To Invest In Next-Gen Battery Facility

General Motors (GM) is to build a new facility – to be called the Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Center – to expand its battery technology operations and accelerate development and commercialisation of longer range, more affordable electric vehicle batteries. The facility will be located at the company’s Global Technical Center in Michigan in the US.

The company says the Center will play a central role in its all-electric future and will be used to integrate the work of GM-affiliated battery innovators, helping the company to reach its goal of at least 60 per cent lower battery costs with the next generation of its Ultium battery system.

GM wants to accelerate new technologies such as lithium-metal, silicon and solid-state batteries, along with production methods that can quickly be deployed at battery cell manufacturing plants.

The Wallace Center will include cell test chambers, cell formation chambers, a material synthesis lab where GM can design its own cathode active materials, a slurry mixing and processing lab, a coating room, electrolyte production lab, and a forensics lab with material analysis equipment and advanced software.

A data farm will enable the company’s battery development team to use artificial intelligence in its development work.
The Wallace Center is currently under construction and will be completed in mid-2022. The facility is expected to build its first prototype cells in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (November 2021) 

15 November 2021

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