GM to Boost EV and AV Investments to $35 Billion Through 2025

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by | Jun 16, 2021

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General Motors announced today it will increase its electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle (EV and AV) investments from 2020 through 2025 to $35 billion. This represents a 75% increase from its initial commitment announced prior to the pandemic.

The company says its new commitment will help it become the market leader in EVs in North America; the global leader in battery and fuel cell technology through its Ultium battery platform and HYDROTEC fuel cells; and through Cruise, be the first to safely commercialize self-driving technology at scale.

GM is targeting annual global EV sales of more than 1 million by 2025. The company’s additional investments and new collaborations are far-reaching and designed to create even greater competitive advantages for the company. They include:

  • Accelerating Ultium battery cell production in the United States: GM is accelerating plans to build two new battery cell manufacturing plants in the United States by mid-decade to complement the Ultium Cells LLC plants under construction in Tennessee and Ohio. Further details about these new US plants, including the locations, will be announced at a later date.
  • Commercializing US-made Ultium batteries and HYDROTEC fuel cells: GM announced June 15 it has signed a memorandum of understanding to supply Ultium batteries and HYDROTEC fuel cells to Wabtec Corporation, which is developing the world’s first 100 percent battery-powered locomotive. Separately, GM will supply HYDROTEC to Navistar, Inc., which is developing hydrogen-powered heavy trucks to launch in 2024, and Liebherr-Aerospace, which is developing hydrogen-powered auxiliary power units for aircraft. Lockheed Martin and GM also are teaming up to develop the next generation of lunar vehicles to transport astronauts on the surface of the Moon, leveraging GM’s expertise in electric propulsion and autonomous technology. Today, GM is confirming plans to launch its third-generation HYDROTEC fuel cells with even greater power density and lower costs by mid-decade. GM manufactures its fuel cells in Brownstown Charter Township, Michigan, in a joint venture with Honda.
  • Expanding and accelerating the rollout of EVs for retail and fleet customers: In November 2020, GM announced it would deliver 30 new EVs by 2025 globally, with two-thirds available in North America. Through the additional investments announced today, GM will add to its North America plan new electric commercial trucks and other products that will take advantage of the creative design opportunities and flexibility enabled by the Ultium Platform.  In addition, GM will add additional US assembly capacity for EV SUVs. Details will be announced at a later date.

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