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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    General Motors evaluating the use of cylindrical batteries over pouch format for EVs
    US automaker General Motors is evaluating the use of cylindrical batteries over the pouch batteries in its electric vehicles (EVs), according to a news report published by the Korean publication THE ELEC on 25 January 2023. The report cited anonymous sources aware of the new developments at GM. It added that GM’s new battery plans has brought about talks with LG Energy Solution (LGES) over the planned construction of the fourth battery plant by Ultium Cells, a JV between GM and LGES, to be ...
    General Motors to invest USD918 million on V-8 engine production, EV components
    US automaker General Motors Company plans to invest USD918 million in four of its US-based manufacturing facilities, including USD854 million to prepare these facilities to produce its sixth-generation small block V-8 engine and an additional USD64 million in Rochester, New York, and Defiance, Ohio for castings and components to support electric vehicle (EV) production, the company announced on 20 January 2023. According to the company, with the fresh plant investment, GM’s cumulative manuf...
    GM extends Altia’s contract for HMI solutions in MY 2024 Chevy Silverado EV
    Altia has announced that General Motors has extended its partnership with the company under which the automaker will continue to leverage Altia’s human-machine interface (HMI) solutions for model year (MY) 2024 Chevy Silverado electric vehicle (EV), according to an official announcement on 28 November. “Altia is proud of our partnership with GM’s Design Team—and we’re excited to be a part of their evolution toward an all-electric fleet. General Motors is leveraging Altia...
    US DoE offers a USD2.5 billion loan to Ultium Cells to assist in building 3 new EV battery plants
    The US Department of Energy (DoE), through its Loan Programs Office (LPO), has loaned USD2.5 billion to Ultium Cells LLC to finance the company in constructing new lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan, DoE said on 12 December 2022. Ultium Cells, a joint venture between US carmaker General Motors and South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution, plans to expand electric vehicle (EV) battery production capacity to address the growth in demand amid ...
    FLO to supply up to 40,000 EV chargers for General Motors’ Dealer Community Charging Program
    Leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network operator and smart charging solutions provider FLO announced on 7 December 2022 that the company has been selected by General Motors (GM) to supply Level 2 EV chargers for GM’s Dealer Community Charging Program. Under this program, FLO will install up to 40,000 public Level 2 EV chargers in local communities across North America, the company said, adding that the project is the single largest deployment of EV chargers across North Ame...
    Ultium Cells to invest additional USD275 million to expand output by over 40%
    Ultium Cells LLC, the battery cell manufacturing joint venture (JV) of LG Energy Solution and General Motors (GM), plans to invest an additional USD275 million in its Ultium Cells Spring Hill plant in the United States to further expand the production output by more than 40%, the company announced on 2 December 2022. The planned capacity expansion will increase the plant’s current capacity from 35 gigawatt-hours (GWh) to 50 GWh once the facility becomes fully operational. The newl...
    General Motors plans to grow EV production capacity to 1 million units in North America by 2025
    US carmaker General Motors Company estimates that its growing electric vehicle (EV) portfolio will become profitable in 2025 in North America as it will scale up its EV capacity in the region to more than 1 million units per annum, the company announced on 17 November 2022, on the sidelines of an investor meet in New York. GM said it plans to expand EV production capacity along with ramping up its software revenue opportunities while generating significant greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits and re...
    General Motors plans to roll out first Ultium-based EV in China under Buick brand
    General Motors (GM) plans to introduce its first Ultium-based electric vehicle (EV) in China under Buick brand later this year, according to a media note released by the carmaker on 23 November 2022. It added that the deliveries of the five-seat electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) developed on GM’s Ultium platform is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2023. The carmaker plans to launch its second Ultium-powered EV in the world’s largest EV market in 2023. “With the highly flexi...
    General Motors pushes rollout of electric and connected vehicles in mainland China
    General Motors has announced plans to roll out more than 15 Ultium-based models in mainland China by 2025 and added that it would focus on developing intelligent and connected electric vehicles, in a press release dated 22 November. “GM is accelerating the introduction of Ultium-empowered EVs in China to support the market’s move toward an all-electric future. Through global collaboration and local integration, we are unlocking a transformative experience with real-world benefits for our ...
    General Motors, Vale Canada sign long-term agreement on supply of battery-grade nickel
    US carmaker General Motors and Vale Canada Limited, a subsidiary of Vale S.A. announced on 17 November 2022 that the two companies have signed a term sheet for long-term supply of battery grade nickel sulfate from Vale's proposed plant at Bécancour, Québec, Canada. According to the official note from the carmaker, under the terms of the agreement, Vale will supply battery grade nickel sulfate, equivalent to 25,000 metric tons per year of contained nickel. The critical material will be used ...
    AAM to supply axle systems to General Motors’ next-generation midsize pickup trucks
    Detroit-based automotive supplier American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) plans to supply axles to General Motors for the carmaker’s next generation midsize pickup trucks, AAM announced on 4 November 2022. The new GM pickup trucks with AAM axles are expected to debut for model year 2023. "AAM is pleased to expand our partnership with GM as the new supplier of axles for GM's next generation mid-size pickup trucks. We look forward to providing our latest and most efficient driveline techno...
    Buick launches all-new Century MPV with enhanced interior features in mainland China
    Buick has launched all new model year (MY) 2023 Century MPV with improved and intuitive in-vehicle features, the automaker said in a press release on 3 November. Cesar Toledo, general director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, said, “Buick is the pioneer and ongoing leader in the luxury MPV segment in China. Our successful GL8 family has continued to raise the bar over the years.” Significance: The MY 2023 Century features in-vehicle partition wall with an integrated 32” slidi...
    General Motors, Microvast team up to develop specialized EV battery separator
    US carmaker General Motors (GM) and battery maker Microvast plan to work together to develop specialized electric vehicle (EV) battery separator technology and build a new separator plant in the US, according to an announcement by GM on 2 November 2022. According to GM, the planned battery separator plant is expected to create hundreds of new jobs in the US. The two companies also announced that the project will be supported by a USD200 million grant from the US Department of Energy's (DoE) B...
    Gentherm supplies ClimateSense in-vehicle technology for Cadillac’s Celestiq
    Gentherm has announced via a press release on 18 October that it supplied its in-cabin ClimateSense technology for Cadillac’s all-new Celestiq. Phil Eyler, Gentherm’s president and CEO, said, “We are honored that the Cadillac Celestiq will feature the industry’s first deployment of our ClimateSense system that offers advanced cabin climate technologies, electronics, and software algorithms that help deliver luxurious, efficient, and personalized comfort for every occupant. The Climate...
    Cadillac unveils CELESTIQ sedan with a pillar-to-pillar, 55-inch-diagonal advanced HD display
    Cadillac has announced that its CELESTIQ sedan will feature a pillar-to-pillar, 55-inch-diagonal advanced HD display, in a press release dated 17 October. At the driver’s side, the display’s pixel density is comparable to an 8K screen. It shows the driver and shared vehicle information, while the passenger side allows the occupants to play media, use the internet capability, connect their smartphones, among others. Digital Blinds Active Privacy technology used in the car separates the dri...
    Cadillac launches all-electric Celestiq with enhanced interior, lighting features
    General Motors’ Cadillac has launched its flagship all-electric Celestiq model highlighting modular interior and interactive lighting features, the automaker said in a press release on 17 October. Tristan Murphy, interior design manager, Celestiq, said, “The interior is defined by long uninterrupted surfaces and theme lines; the sense of movement is all around you. With such a clean design, it allowed the details to shine, emphasizing precision in even the smallest of areas, truly highlig...
    General Motors Ventures invests in materials startup MycoWorks
    Biotechnology startup MycoWorks has announced that it received an investment from General Motors’ investment arm GM Ventures, it said in a press release on 18 October. Wade Sheffer, managing director of GM Ventures, said, “Our strategic investment in MycoWorks aims to advance the development of sustainable automotive materials. This collaboration will help facilitate research and development (R&D) efforts and build more sustainable alternatives for our designers.” According to pr...
    GM to source battery nickel and cobalt from Queensland Pacific Metals’ TECH project
    Detroit automaker General Motors (GM) announced via press release on 11 October that it had entered into a USD69 million investment and battery materials offtake agreement with Australian mining and refining company Queensland Pacific Metals (QPR). According to the press release, GM will purchase nickel and cobalt products processed from QPR’s Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) project in Northern Australia. The TECH project will refine high-grade nickel laterite ore sourced from New Ca...
    Honda reveals more details about all-electric Prologue SUV
    Japanese carmaker Honda revealed the first look of the exterior and interior styling of its all-electric Prologue battery-electric vehicle (BEV), which is slated for commercial launch in the North American markets in 2024, the company said on 6 October 2022. The electric SUV is the first EV that Honda has developed using General Motors’ (GM's) Ultium platform, which includes powertrain and the battery architecture developed by the largest US automaker. This also means that the Honda Prologue w...
    General Motors to ramp up EV production
    US automaker General Motors plans to ramp up the production volumes of its electric cars, including the Chevrolet Bolt EV and other models, according to a news report published by Reuters on 3 October 2022. The news report cited GM as the original source of the information. The Detroit-based carmaker plans to boost the production of Bolt EVs for global markets to more than 70,000 units in 2023 from about 44,000 units in 2022, the report said, citing a note issued by GM on Monday. In 2021, the...
    Startup OneD Battery Sciences, General Motors collaborate to improve battery energy density, reduce cost
    US carmaker General Motors (GM) and OneD Battery Sciences plan to collaborate on a joint research development agreement focused on the potential use of OneD’s silicon nanotechnology in GM’s Ultium battery cells to drive significant increases in energy density for longer range and reduced cost, according to a media note issued by OneD Battery Sciences on 29 September 2022. The collaboration comes on the back of the carmaker’s venture capital arm GM Ventures participating in the battery t...
    General Motors plans to invest USD760 million at Ohio Propulsion Plant to produce EV drive units
    General Motors (GM) plans to invest USD760 million at its Toledo, Ohio propulsion manufacturing operations to prepare the plant for production of electric vehicle (EV) drive units, the company announced on 23 September 2022. The American carmaker said that the drive units produced at its Ohio Propulsion Plant will be used in future Ultium platform-based battery electric trucks, including the Chevrolet Silverado EV, GMC Sierra EV and GMC Hummer EVs. Notably, the Toledo Propulsion Systems will ...
    General Motors, Lithion to test application of recycled battery materials in new cell production
    Detroit automaker General Motors (GM) announced via a press release on 22 September that its investment arm GM Ventures had invested in Canadian recycling startup Lithion’s Series A funding round to support a future circular battery ecosystem partnership between the two companies. According to the press release, the two companies plan to: Validate Lithion’s recycling technology by testing the application of the recycled battery materials in new cell production Discuss the potentia...
    HD Mapping company Ushr expands map coverage of US, Canadian roads for General Motors
    Ushr has announced via press release on 13 September that it expanded its HD map database for General Motors to cover for Super Cruise hands-free automated driving assisted system. Chris Thibodeau, CEO of Ushr, said, “When ADAS is done right, it’s safe for everyone on the road. For many drivers, this is their introduction to hands-free driving and it’s important to present it to the public in a deliberate way. The industry needs to get it right.” Significance: The HD mapping compan...
    Inflation Reduction Act 2022 remains a tough call for carmakers to avail EV tax credits
    It has been almost a month since the Democrats in the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA 2022), which became legislation on 16 August 2022 after the US President Joe Biden signed the act. While carmakers and their suppliers across the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain have been scrambling to decode the new mandates, auto industry lobbies from Europe, South Korea, and Japan have already expressed deep concerns about the ability of global carmakers to meet the requi...
    Chevrolet unveils Seeker SUV with all-new Xiaoxue OS in mainland China
    Chevrolet has unveiled a new sport utility vehicle (SUV) named Seeker in mainland China with multiple connected features, it said in a press release on 19 September. The Seeker comes standard with the all-new Xiaoxue operation system (OS) and OnStar connectivity system. It supports remote over-the-air (OTA) updates. It features Baidu smart online navigation system, wireless Apple CarPlay, as well as multiple apps, such as iQIYI, KuWo Music, and Ximalaya Kids. Significance: The Seeker is SA...
    Chevrolet unveils all-electric Equinox with updated interior, lighting features
    Chevrolet has unveiled model year (MY) 2024 all-electric Equinox (EV) SUV with enhanced interior and lighting features, according to a press release published by Chevrolet on 8 September. Mary Barra, Chair and CEO of General Motors, said, “We are at a turning point where EVs will be the mainstream choice for the next generation of customers and Equinox EV will lead this charge for us. With the flexibility of GM’s Ultium Platform, we are bringing to market vehicles at nearly every price po...
    Generals Motors to invest USD491 million to set up new body panel press lines for EVs in Indiana
    Detroit automaker General Motors announced via press release on 15 September that it will be investing USD491 million in its metal stamping plant in Marion, Indiana, to install new equipment necessary for the production of electric vehicle (EV) body panels. According to the press release, the investment will be used to install two new press lines, to install new press and die upgrades, to renovate the plant, and to construct a 6,000-square-foot addition at the plant. Steel and aluminum stampe...
    Chevrolet unveils Monza sedan in mainland China with upgraded connectivity features
    Chevrolet has unveiled Monza sedan in mainland China with upgraded connectivity, a company press release on 13 September. The vehicle features a floating dual 10.25-inch layered screen, a full-color LCD instrument panel which is on the left side with intelligent driving information. The screen on the right is tilted 9 degrees toward the driver's side. The Monza comes standard with rear air vents and a rear center headrest. Significance: The new model features fifty-three practical configurati...
    General Motors reveals all-electric Chevrolet Equinox SUV
    General Motors has revealed its all-new 2024 Equinox electric vehicle (EV) on 8 September 2022. The electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) will be positioned as an affordable EV developed to help in the mass adoption of EVs across the US, the company said in its statement Thursday. GM has unveiled the 2024 Equinox EV shortly after introducing the Chevrolet Silverado EV and Blazer EV models earlier this year. The EV will be offered in five variants with a starting price tag of around USD30,000 (...
    Chevrolet recalls more than 120,000 Spark and Spark EV hatchbacks due to faulty hoods
    Chevrolet will recall over 120,000 model year (MY) 2013–15 Spark and Spark EV hatchbacks due to faulty hoods, Consumer Reports reported on 31 August. The hoods could open while the car is in motion, obstructing the driver’s view. The report states that Chevrolet is aware of 276 instances of the hood latch failing, including 22 crashes and one minor injury. Significance: The secondary hood latch may corrode prematurely and not engage. Incase of failure, the hood could open and block the dr...
    General Motors/LG Energy JV Ultium Cells begins production at Ohio facility
    Ultium Cells, the battery joint venture (JV) between US vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) and South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution (LGES), has started the production of battery cells at its Ohio, US plant, it said on 31 August 2022. The company said that as it continues to ramp up production volumes, it is focusing on providing training to the manpower at the plant, which is expected to create 1,300 new high-tech jobs at peak capacity. The Ultium Cells Ohio plant is ...
    General Motors signs multiyear cathode active material supply deal with POSCO
    South Korean chemical company POSCO announced via press release on 28 July that it had signed a USD10-billion deal for the supply of battery cathode material with US automaker General Motors (GM). According to the press release, POSCO will supply high-nickel cathode active material from its Gwangyang facility in South Korea to GM’s battery cell plants (operated as a joint venture with LG Energy) in Warren, Ohio, Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Lansing, Michigan between 2023 and 2025. Signifi...
    Buick launches Envista SUV with latest eConnect system in mainland China
    Buick has announced the launch of its new Envista SUV with latest Buick eConnect system, featuring an enhanced user interface design, voice recognition, smart navigation, and multimedia application, according to a company press release on 26 August. The vehicle features an integrated dual 10.25-inch HD touchscreen, an optimized UI design with customized card-style interface, an all-new Baidu intelligent voice command system supporting voice interruption and multi-round interaction, multimedia...
    Cadillac introduces enhanced Super Cruise technology on CT5 sedan in mainland China
    Cadillac has introduced its enhanced Super Cruise driver assistance technology on the CT5 sedan in mainland China, it said in a press release on 5 August. The enhanced Super Cruise system includes lane change on demand and automatic lane changing. The service can be used on over 320,000 km of expressways and nearly all urban elevated roads connected to expressways in the country. The enhanced Super Cruise system offers better driver monitoring. It tracks the driver’s vision and issues signa...
    General Motors, LG Energy JV plans to build fourth battery factory in the US
    The EV battery joint venture of General Motors and the South Korea’s LG Energy Solution (LGES) is evaluating a potential site in Indiana, US to build the fourth battery manufacturing facility, a Reuters news report published on 18 August 2022 said, citing a spokeswoman from Ultium Cells LLC. “Ultium Cells is developing a competitive business case for a potential large investment that could be located in New Carlisle, Indiana," the news report said, quoting the spokeswoman. It also added t...
    General Motors recalls over 484,000 SUVs in US over potential seat belts malfunction
    General Motors (GM) is set to recall more than 484,000 SUVs in the US over an issue, which could cause the third-row seat belts to malfunction, CBS News reported on 16 August. Models affected include MY 2021 and MY 2022 Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes, Cadillac Escalades, and GMC Yukons. Owners will be notified from 26 September. The automaker has said that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem. Significance: If required, dealers will replace buckle assemblies a...
    General Motors and INRIX’s cloud-based road safety application goes live
    Inrix has announced that cloud-based road safety application developed in partnership with General Motors (GM) is now available, according to a 2 August press release. Safety View by GM Future Roads & INRIX is a cloud-based application featuring critical insights using crash, vehicle, vulnerable road user (VRU), and US Census data. Significance: The partnership was first announced in May. The key benefits of Safety View include access to critical safety and demographic datasets in on...
    Cadillac’s CELESTIQ show car features 55-inch-diagonal advanced LED display
    Cadillac unveiled the CELESTIQ show car with a 55-inch-diagonal advanced LED display, in a company press release on 22 July. It also features a variable-transmission Smart Glass Roof and Ultra Cruise hands-free driver assistance technology. The 55-inch-diagonal advanced LED display features electronic digital blinds, an active privacy technology, which allows passengers to watch videos privately, without distracting the driver. Significance: The smart glass roof comes with suspended particle ...
    LG Electronics, LG Energy Solution to equally bear GM Chevy Bolt EV recall costs
    LG Electronics and LG Energy Solutions (LGES) reached a final agreement on Monday to equally split the global recall–related costs of the General Motors’ Chevrolet Bolt EV, a report filed by ET Auto said on 25 July 2022, citing the regulatory filing by the South Korean companies at the Korea Stock Exchange headquarters. Citing the agreement between LG Electronics and General Motors, the report said that the share ratio is calculated according to the results of a review and analysis by a n...
    LG Chem to supply General Motors 950,000 tons of cathode material between 2022-2030
    US automaker General Motors (GM) announced via press release on 26 July that it had signed a binding agreement with Korean battery materials manufacturer LG Chem for the supply of cathode active material (CAM) necessary for the manufacturing of electric vehicle (EV) batteries. According to the agreement, LG Chem will supply more than 950,000 tons of CAM to GM from the second half of 2022 through 2030 The amount of CAM supplied will be sufficient for the manufacturing of 5 million GM E...
    Livent signs multi-year lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with General Motors
    US automaker General Motors (GM) announced via press release on 26 July that it had entered into a long-term sourcing agreement for battery-grade lithium hydroxide with American chemical manufacturing company Livent. According to the agreement: Livent will supply GM with lithium hydroxide manufactured at its US facilities over a six-year duration from 2025 to 2030 100% of the lithium hydroxide supplied will be used in GM’s North American electric vehicle (EV) fleet equipped with Ult...
    NHTSA opens five investigations into Stellantis, Ford and General Motors vehicles over stalling issues
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened five investigations into more than 1.8 million vehicles manufactured by Stellantis, Ford Motor, and General Motors over stalling and other issues, Reuters reported on 26 July. The auto safety agency is investigating more than 21,000 model year (MY) 2019–21 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid vehicles over allegations of incidents of loss of power potentially due to transmission malfunction. The NHTSA is probing into 1.34 mil...
    Cadillac reveals interior details of all-electric CELESTIQ concept car
    General Motor’s (GM's) Cadillac has revealed interior details of its all-electric flagship CELESTIQ concept car, the automaker announced in a press release on 22 July. Laetitia Lopez, creative designer, Cadillac Color and Trim, said, “We’ve combined the beauty of function with the beauty of form. We had to reconsider all aspects to immerse the customer, all of their senses, and create a connection with the vehicle through the finest genuine materials, exceptional detailing, and advanced...
    General Motors revamps OnStar services
    General Motors (GM) has announced that OnStar will feature a simpler design while expanding its safety services to motorcycle riders and into homes through Amazon Alexa integration, the company said in a press release on 21 July. “OnStar’s new identity and logo kicks off a new era for the brand and how we are innovating to make our promise of safety and security available to more people. These latest expansions, as well as our work with the public safety community to advance new tech...
    General Motors, Pilot Company plan to build DC fast charging network across the US
    General Motors (GM) and Pilot Company, one of the leading suppliers of fuel and travel operator in the United States, plan to collaborate on a national DC fast charging network that will be installed, operated, and maintained by EVgo through its eXtend offering, GM announced on 14 July 2022. The project is aimed at accelerating the widespread adoption of EVs, enabling long-distance driving across the US. The two companies plan to set up a network of 2,000 EV charging stations, co-branded ‘P...
    General Motors shuts down Factory Zero for four weeks to expand capacity
    General Motors will shut down its Factory Zero in Detroit for four weeks, starting 27 June, as it plans to expand the capacity to produce more battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), a report published by news publication The Detroit Bureau on 23 June 2022 said. GM’s Factory Zero currently produces the electric Hummer pickup truck. “GM will expand production capacity at Factory Zero sooner than originally planned by pulling forward the installation of tooling, machinery, and equipment. These up...
    GM expands partnership with EVgo to add new Plug and Charge service in Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem
    General Motors will expand its collaboration with EVgo to add a new Plug and Charge service to the Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem, the automaker said in a press release on 23 June. Plug and Charge will be available at nearly all EVgo DC fast-charging stations. GM plans to include all compatible DC fast-charging stations across the Ultium Charge 360 network. “We want to be the company that makes the EV experience seamless and convenient for everyone. Our collaboration with EVgo on Plug and Char...
    General Motors to invest USD81 million at Michigan-based Global Technical Center
    US carmaker General Motors plans to invest more than USD81 million at its Michigan-based Global Technical Center to prepare the facility to build Cadillac’s flagship luxury electric vehicle (EV) CELESTIQ, the company said on 15 June 2022. GM said that the investment will be used to purchase and install necessary equipment to hand-build the CELESTIQ EV as part of the facility upgrade program. Meanwhile, campus renovation has already begun, it added. The Cadillac’s luxury EV CELESTIQ w...
    GM’s OnStar to use RapidDeploy’s Radius Mapping solution
    RapidDeploy has announced its Radius Mapping solution will be used by General Motors-owned OnStar to support its delivery of emergency services, a company press release on 7 June read. OnStar selected RapidDeploy due to enhanced location accuracy and situational awareness as they look to expand emergency services beyond GM vehicles. “GM Ventures strategically invests in companies, which share GM's enterprise vision of an all-electric, connected, and autonomous future, and helps commercializ...
    Buick plans all-electric portfolio by 2030, first electric car to launch in 2024
    General Motors (GM)–owned Buick announced on 1 June 2022 that the brand plans to become fully electric in North America by the end of 2030 and that this transformation will be led by a new badge and brand identity. Buick’s electrification plans are aligned with its parent company GM, which has laid down its own strategy to become a leading player in the emerging EV market in the US in the midterm. While GM plans to sell only EVs from 2035, its luxury car brand Cadillac aims to become all-...
    LG Chem, KEMCO to set up new NCMA precursor plant in Ulsan, South Korea
    Korean chemical company LG Chem announced via press release on 2 June that it will be setting up a joint venture with Korea Zinc subsidiary KEMCO for the manufacturing of lithium-ion battery precursor materials in South Korea. According to the press release, the new joint venture, tentatively named ‘Korea Precursor Company,’ will be held 51:49 between KEMCO and LG Chem. The joint venture will procure raw materials from KEMCO and process them into precursor materials in a new plant in...
    Cruise gets permit to carry passengers in California
    General Motors' self-driving unit Cruise has received a Driverless Deployment Permit from the California Public Utilities Commission, it said in a blog post on 2 June. The permit allows Cruise to charge a fare for the driverless rides in San Francisco. Cruise will be the first company to operate a commercial, driverless ride-hailing service in a major US city. Significance: Due to approval issues, Cruise had postponed its plan to deploy driverless taxis by the end of 2019 and in December...
    POSCO Chemical, General Motors to invest combined USD327 million to form JV Ultium CAM
    POSCO Chemical and General Motors have finalized their joint venture (JV), which will be called Ultium CAM, and the two companies plan to invest a combined USD327 million to form the JV, the South Korean materials company announced on 27 May 2022. POSCO Chemical and GM will hold 85% and 15% stakes respectively in the said JV, it said. Min Kyung-Zoon, CEO, POSCO Chemical, and Doug Parks, GM EVP, attended the official signing ceremony 27 May, the company said. The Ultium CAM JV plans to buil...
    General Motors files patent for dual charge port technology in EVs
    General Motors has filed an application to secure a patent for dual charge port system for electric vehicles, according to a report published by a news website GM Authority on 24 May 2022. It said that the patent application is submitted for a device, which is described as ‘adaptive fast-charging of multi-pack battery system in a mobile platform having dual charge ports.’ According to the report, the device relates to direct current fast-charging (DCFC) architectures and adaptive charging...
    Geotab partners with General Motors for connected vehicle services in US government fleets
    Geotab has announced that the Geotab Integrated Solution for General Motors is available for government agencies in the US, a company press release on 24 May read. The integrated OEM solution provides connectivity via OnStar-equipped vehicles without additional hardware installation. Government fleets will have access to real-time visibility, data and the right to use all other technology innovations from Geotab. "We're excited to continue our partnership with GM by extending Geotab Integrate...
    General Motors partners with Red Hat for automotive software solutions
    General Motors has tied up with Red Hat to develop advance automotive software solutions, it said in a press release on 10 May. Red Hat’s in-vehicle operating system (OS) offers functional-safety certified Linux OS foundation for GM’s Ultifi software platform. Ultifi’s phased roll out will be supported by Red Hat. The vehicle software platform will be launched in 2023. The platform will be able to offer software solutions, apps and services to customers with over-the-air (OTA) updates. ...
    BMW joins Ford, GM in DTE Energy’s Smart Charge Program
    DTE Energy has announced that the German automaker BMW has joined General Motors and Ford Motor Company in the second year of the DTE Smart Charge program, an initiative to optimize electric vehicle (EV) charging to help reduce stress on the energy grid, according to a press release published by DTE Energy on 9 May. John Boladian, director of Energy Efficiency at DTE, said, “We are excited to bring BMW into this collaborative pilot. Its participation will help us further the DTE Smart Charg...
    General Motors, INRIX partner to develop road safety solutions
    General Motors has tied up with INRIX to develop road safety solutions, it said in a press release on 4 May. The Safety View by GM Future Roads & INRIX application offers transportation departments with insights using crash, vehicle and vulnerable road user (VRU) information, and data from the U.S. Census. “Last year, we previewed GM Future Roads, the technology platform born from our innovation team, which uses data analytics to create insights to help support safe roadways and communi...
    Avanci signs Patent License agreement with General Motors
    Avanci has signed a patent license agreement with General Motors (GM), under which GM vehicles will receive licenses to 2G, 3G, and 4G essential patents of the 48 patent owners in Avanci’s marketplace. “We are very pleased to welcome General Motors, the largest US-based automotive manufacturer and one of the largest worldwide, as an Avanci licensee. This agreement demonstrates our focus on streamlining the patent licensing process for the automotive market with efficient, predictable lice...
    Untether AI, GM partner to develop AI perception systems for autonomous vehicles
    Untether AI, developer of artificial intelligence (AI) chips has announced a collaboration with General Motors, to accelerate the development of AI perception systems for autonomous vehicles, according to a press release on 28 April 2022. The collaboration has been also supported by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN). Perception systems are at the heart of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Under the agreement, Untether AI and General Motors will work...
    General Motors develops heat pump to recover energy from batteries in Ultium EVs
    US carmaker General Motors has developed and patented a heat pump that recovers energy from the battery to power heating and propulsion while delivering a longer driving range per charge in its Ultium-based electric vehicles, the company said on 25 April 2022. The company has named the said heat pump technology as Ultium platform’s energy recovery system, which will be a standard feature in all the GM-made EVs that are built on the Ultium platform. “Through the Ultium Platform’s energy ...
    General Motors signs multiyear cobalt supply deal with Glencore
    Mining company Glencore announced via press release on 12 April that it had signed a multiyear cobalt supply agreement with American automaker General Motors. According to the press release, cobalt from Glencore’s Murrin Murrin operations in Australia will be used in the production of GM’s Ultium batteries that will be equipped in the automaker’s Chevrolet Silverado, GMC HUMMER, and Cadillac LYRIQ electric vehicles (EVs). GM VP, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, Jeff Morrison, stat...
    US NHTSA to probe LG Energy Solution over recent EV battery recalls
    US auto safety agency National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into the South Korea’s LG Energy Solution's high-voltage EV batteries after internal failures in these batteries were reported to have caught fire in several vehicles, risking lives of the passengers, a report filed by The Detriot News on 5 April 2022 said. According to the report, the inquiry by NHTSA was launched on 1 April and affects about 138,324 vehicles. NHTSA’s action...
    GM recalls 740,000 SUVs in US over headlight glare issue
    General Motors is recalling more than 740,000 small SUVs in the US due to headlight beams that can be too bright and cause glare for oncoming drivers, The Associated Press reported on 22 March. The announcement comes after National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rejected a request from the automaker to avoid the recall. Commenting on the headlight glare issue, Dan Flores, company spokesperson, said, “We are still finalizing an actual remedy for the affected vehicles.” Si...
    General Motors, Honda team up to codevelop affordable electric cars
    General Motors and Honda plan to codevelop a series of affordable electric cars based on a new global architecture that will deploy the US carmaker’s next-generation Ultium battery technology, the two companies said in a joint announcement on 5 April 2022. Under the new partnership, GM and Honda plan to produce millions of electric cars including compact crossover vehicles based on the new architecture, starting in 2027, the companies said, adding that they plan to leverage their respecti...
    Chevrolet halts Corvette production amid parts shortage
    Chevrolet has halted Corvette production in the company’s Bowling Green, Kentucky citing components shortage, reported Automotive News on 22 March. Chevrolet has confirmed production halt is not in relation to semiconductor shortage. Significance: The manufacturing plant which produces the mid-engine sports car, is expected to resume operations on 28 March. GM has not said which components have caused halt in the production. The automaker’s supply chain, manufacturing, and engineering tea...
    Bose unveils first application of its EVSE technology with the launch of GMC HUMMER EV Pickup
    Bose will unveil the first application of Electric Vehicle Sound Enhancement (EVSE) technology with the new GMC HUMMER EV Pickup, it said in a press release on 21 March. The GMC HUMMER will feature Bose EVSE technology with a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system as standard. The EVSE technology sends propulsion sounds into the cabin through the speakers. The sound is classified into different categories. In the ‘Normal driving’ mode, the sound is subtle while it shifts to a heavier bass ...
    General Motors makes additional investment in Cruise, acquires SoftBank’s stake
    According to an official press release on 19 March 2022, General Motors (GM) announced that the company will acquire SoftBank Vision Fund ownership stake in Cruise for USD2.1 billion. Additionally, GM would make another USD1.35-billion investment. GM will build Origin, its autonomous shuttle in Michigan at Factory ZERO, creating and supporting American jobs, promoting economic growth. “We are extremely pleased to announce GM is leveraging the strength of its balance sheet to capitalize...
    General Motors selects Lear to supply seats for the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV pickup
    Lear Corporation has been selected by General Motors (GM) to supply front and rear seating systems to the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado electric vehicle (EV) pickup, according to a press release by Lear Corporation on 9 March. Lear designed the foam, trim, structure, mechanism, plastics, and seat harness for the seats, at Lear’s new state-of-the-art facility in Detroit. Ray Scott, Lear president and CEO, said, “With the most complete capabilities of any seating supplier in the world, Lear...
    General Motors collaborates with PG&E to pilot EVs as on-demand power sources
    General Motors (GM) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) are partnering to pilot the use of electric vehicles developed by the Michigan-based carmaker as on-demand power sources for homes in PG&E’s service area, GM said on 8 March 2022. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is a California-based natural gas and electric utility company serving more than 16 million people. Under the collaboration, the two companies will test GM made electric vehicles (EVs) with bidire...
    General Motors – POSCO Chemical JV to set up USD400 million CAM plant in Quebec, Canada
    General Motors and its joint venture (JV) partner POSCO Chemical announced on 7 March 2022 that the two companies plan to invest an estimated USD400 million (CAD500 million) in setting up a new facility to produce cathode active material (CAM) in Quebec, Canada. The GM – POSCO Chemical joint venture (JV) company is working with the governments of Canada and Quebec to build the proposed CAM facility, GM said in its official statement on Monday. The said plant will process CAM, which con...
    General Motors appoints Jeffrey Morrison to lead global purchasing and supply chain
    Michigan-based vehicle manufacturer General Motors has appointed Jeffrey Morrison as vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain with effect from 1 April 2022, the company announced on 3 March 2022. GM said that Morrison replaces Shilpan Amin, who was recently appointed as the company’s senior vice president and president, GM International, following the announcement of Steve Kiefer’s decision to retire after almost 40 years in the auto industry. In his current role, Morrison is re...
    General Motors-backed Cruise seeks NHTSA approval to commercialize Cruise Origin
    General Motors and Cruise have filed a petition to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seeking approval to bring GM’s Cruise Origin, an autonomous EV, into commercial service, the company said in its blog on 18 February. Cruise Origin is a shared electric autonomous mobility vehicle that is designed to operate without a human driver on board. The company stated that it’s on a mission to manufacture safer autonomous vehicles and that the petition would reach required sta...
    California state issues ‘drivered deployment permits’ to Cruise and Waymo for autonomous passenger service
    California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued Drivered Deployment permits to Cruise and Waymo to allow for autonomous vehicle passenger service with a safety driver present in the vehicle, its official statement read on 28 February. “Cruise and Waymo are authorized to collect fares from passengers for this service and may offer shared rides,” the statement read. “Autonomous vehicles are a breakthrough technology that hold the potential to improve safety for all road users and...
    LG Energy Solution raises USD10.8 billion in its initial public offering (IPO)
    South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) has raised USD10.8 billion in its initial public offering (IPO), according to a Reuters report published on 14 January 2022. LGES shares were prices at KRW300,000 (USD251.55) each, raising KRW12.8 trillion, the report said, adding that the public listing set for 27 January is the biggest IPO in South Korea. It further mentioned that the pricing values LGES at KRW70.2 trillion, making it South Korea's third most-valuable company after Samsun...
    Chevrolet unveils 2023 Blazer with sharper styling and enhanced interior features
    Chevrolet’s updated Blazer entails sharp exterior styling lines and a larger touchscreen infotainment system, the automaker said in a press release on 8 February. The model year (MY) 2023 Blazer is offered in LT (2LT and 3LT trims), RS, and Premier models. Significance: Chevrolet’s Blazer offers updated styling with a brand-new front fascia, creating a bold stance. The vehicle comes with a new grille design with flowing sharp lines from side to side, highlighting the new daytime running l...
    Backed by focused synergies, Mary Barra confident of General Motors’ "electric" turnaround
    Addressing the shareholders on the sidelines of the full fiscal year (FY) 2021 and fourth quarter financial earnings on 1 February 2022, General Motors’ (GM's) chairperson and CEO Mary Barra said that she is confident of the company’s profitable turnaround as it scales up production capacity and readies to roll out more electric vehicles (EVs) in 2022. Referring to GM’s strategy, which involved the carmaker going all-in to build an electric and autonomous vehicle ecosystem, she s...
    Cruise gets a USD1.35-billion investment from SoftBank Vision Fund
    Cruise has received a USD1.35-billion investment from SoftBank Vision Fund, Tech Crunch reported on 1 February. The GM-owned company is also opening its driverless robo-taxi service to the public in San Francisco. The rides are free, and a public waitlist has been set up via Cruise’s website. Cruise has said that members who join the waitlist will not have to sign a non-disclosure agreement before using the service. Significance: In December 2021, Cruise said it plans to launch a comme...
    Li-Cycle deepens cooperation with Ultium Cells, to expand battery recycling operations
    Deepening its cooperation with Ultium Cells, the JV between General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solution (GM-LG), Li-Cycle Holdings Corporation, a leading lithium-ion battery recycler in North America, is setting up its sixth and largest recycling facility at the former’s battery cell manufacturing mega-factory site in Warren, Ohio, the company announced on 27 January 2022. Li-Cycle said the new recycling plant at Ultium Cells’ mega-factory represents its strategic execution and focus on growi...
    General Motors plans to invest over USD7 billion in four Michigan plants
    General Motors plans to invest more than USD7 billion in four manufacturing sites located in Michigan, significantly increasing battery cell and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing capacity, the company said on 25 January 2022. While the company claims that the said amount is the single largest investment announcement in its history, the plan entails retooling and capacity expansion at its Orion assembly plant in Michigan and construction of a new battery cell manufacturing plant in Lansing unde...
    General Motors’ luxury arm Cadillac begins pre-series production of its first EV, the Lyriq
    General Motors’ luxury car brand Cadillac has started pre-series production of its first electric model, the Lyriq, at the company’s Spring Hill assembly plant in the state of Tennessee, according to Mark Reuss, president, General Motors, who shared the update on LinkedIn last week. “Our first pre-production Cadillac Lyriq has rolled off the line at Spring Hill, marking a major milestone for the Lyriq program as the team prepares to ship vehicles to customers in a few months,” Reuss s...
    General Motors to invest USD154 million in Western New York components plant
    US carmaker General Motors plans to invest around USD154 million in its Western New York Lockport Components plant to renovate the facility and purchase and install new machinery and equipment used in the production of the stator module, the company announced on 21 January 2022. The said stator module is a key component in electric motors, which according to the company, will be used in a number of Ultium platform based electric vehicles (EVs). “Facility renovations will begin immediately,...
    Blink Charging to supply EV chargers to General Motors car dealerships in US and Canada
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging network operator Blink Charging Company is deploying its EV chargers at General Motors (GM) dealerships in the United States and Canada, the company said on 18 January 2022. The company, which is working with leading facility solutions provider ABM, said it is supplying its IQ 200 Level 2 chargers to participating GM dealerships as part of the carmaker’s larger plan to accelerate the adoption of EVs across the two countries. “We are proud to b...
    FLO signs multiyear agreement with General Motors to provide EV charging stations across US
    FLO, a leading North American electric vehicle (EV) charging network operator, has signed a multiyear agreement with General Motors wherein FLO will provide AC Level 2 and direct current (DC) fast chargers for GM to be installed on its premises in the United States. FLO announced the installation of the first set of workplace EV charging stations at GM’s premises on 19 January 2022. "Over the past two years, FLO's collaboration with GM has been growing steadily and flourishing through diffe...
    GM’s next-generation hands-free driver assist system to be powered by Qualcomm’s SoC
    General Motor’s Ultra Cruise will be powered by a scalable compute architecture featuring system-on-chips (SoCs) developed by Qualcomm Technologies, the automaker announced in a press release on 6 January. GM added that, it would be the first automaker to leverage Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Ride Platform for driver assistance features. Ken Morris, VP of Electric, Autonomous, and Fuel Cell Vehicle Programs, GM, said, “Despite its relatively small size, Ultra Cruise’s compute will ...
    Chevrolet unveils all-electric Silverado with customizable interior space and more
    Chevrolet debuts the 2024 Silverado electric vehicle (EV) with various interior features for offering smart and connected driving options, the company said in a press release on 5 January. The new vehicle is based on the GM’ advanced Ultium EV Platform entailing advanced technologies that can evolve over time.    Phil Zak, executive director of Chevrolet Design, said, “We had no constraints when it came to designing the Silverado EV with dramatic style and flexible utility becau...
    CES 2022: General Motors’ commercial delivery arm BrightDrop announces Walmart as new EV customer
    General Motors’ (GM’s) commercial delivery arm BrightDrop has added Walmart to its growing portfolio of customers while deepening its association with FedEx, the company said on the sidelines of the ongoing CES 2022 in Las Vegas on 5 January 2022. Walmart has signed an agreement to reserve 5,000 units of BrightDrop EV600 and the smaller EV410 electric delivery vans to support its growing last-mile delivery network and goal of operating a zero-emissions logistics fleet by 2040, the company sa...
    CES 2022: General Motors unveils Silverado EV and Equinox EV under Chevrolet brand
    American automaker General Motors, which aims to transition from a vehicle manufacturer to a platform innovator and a technology company through this decade, unveiled its pure electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup and Equinox compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the ongoing CES 2022 in Las Vegas on 5 January 2022. The electric vehicles (EVs) were unveiled in a virtual keynote on Wednesday when General Motors global chief marketing officer Deborah Wahl said, “Technology driven by purpose wil...
    CES 2022: Cadillac showcases InnerSpace Autonomous Concept
    Cadillac has showcased its InnerSpace concept—a two-passenger electric and autonomous luxury vehicle at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, according to a company press release on 5 January. InnerSpace is part of Cadillac’s Halo Concept Portfolio of vehicles which offers multiple personal autonomous options and advanced connected vehicle features. “The vehicles of the Cadillac Halo Concept Portfolio are designed to provide effortless travel through extraordinary means. They are visions for the next ...
    GM to debut Novo Equinox vehicles in Brazil with advanced connectivity
    GM has announced that that Spotify and Alexa applications will be linked to MyLink multimedia system in Novo Equinox model in Brazil, according to an official press release on 21 December. “More and more people value personalized content, in the most suitable format and time for them. No longer do you have to wait for a radio station to play a specific song or bring you information about the topic of interest. On-demand services are already available for the smartphone, for the TV at home, ...
    GM to offer Wi-Fi and Onstar with Onix models in Brazil
    General Motors has announced that it will offer advanced features with Onix model in Brazil, a company press release dated 15 December. The package features OnStar, Wi-Fi, myChevrolet app, wireless projection, and remote updating of car electronics. “The Brazilian consumer is looking for increasingly safer and more equipped cars, and connectivity gains prominence in the driver's daily routine. Even at the time of vehicle resale, these aspects influence, bringing advantages to more technolog...
    Select Cadillac models will not feature Super Cruise
    General Motors will not be offering Super Cruise on select Cadillac CT4 and CT5 models due to semiconductor shortage, GM Authority reported on 27 December, with confirmation from the automaker. GM’s Super Cruise is offered on the MY2022 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 in the ‘Premium Luxury’ and ‘Sport’ trims through the Super Cruise 1 or Super Cruise 2 packages. The technology is not offered on entry-level Luxury trim. Significance: The global semiconductor shortage has led to many OEMs of...
    General Motors eyes more business from its EV components, technologies
    Announcing its strategy to offer electric vehicle (EV) technologies and components beyond its own portfolio of vehicles, General Motors (GM) said on 22 December 2021 that the company is open to reaching out to a more diverse group of commercial customers, helping organizations meet the growing demand for zero-emission technologies while achieving their own sustainability targets. According to Travis Hester, GM vice president of Electric Vehicle Growth Operations, the company has an establishe...
    GM, Waymo cancels plans for CES 2022 over COVID-19 concerns
    General Motors and Waymo are the latest companies to cancel CES plans owing to COVID-19 concerns, according to a press release on The Verge dated 24 December. GM CEO, Mary Barra was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the annual conference on 5 January, during which the company would have unveiled its electric Silverado pickup for the first time. According to a spokesman, Barra will still deliver her speech and presentation via the internet. "CES is an important technology platform...
    General Motors begins deliveries of Hummer EV pickup, BrightDrop EV600 in the US
    General Motors has begun the deliveries of its first electric vehicles (EVs)—the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 pickup and the BrightDrop EV600 light commercial vehicle, with both the EVs built on its dedicated Ultium platform, it announced on 17 December 2021. Notably, the Ultium’s dedicated EV architecture and propulsion system is the foundation for the company’s all-electric future, providing it the much-required capability not only to build an entire retail and commercial portfolio, but al...
    Buick’ Flagship GL8 MPV concept previews with ‘Buick Smart Pod Concept’ For China
    General Motors unveils the all-new Buick GL8 Flagship Concept at the 2021 Guangzhou International Motor Show in China combined with innovative fully autonomous ‘Buick Smart Pod Concept’, the company announced in a press release on 23 November.  Cesar Toledo, general director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM said, “The Buick concepts are pioneering, digitalized and more luxurious than ever ... They articulate Buick’s ongoing transformation and fulfill our commitment to crea...
    GMC teases all-electric Sierra with sharp front-end lighting
    GMC teases its upcoming all-electric Sierra pickup truck, which is said to be will be unveiled sometime in 2022 and will begin production at General Motors’ “Factory Zero” plant in Michigan, according to a statement by Driving on 15 December. Duncan Aldred, VP, GMC said, “Sierra Denali holds tremendous equity for GMC and our customers, we now have an opportunity to evolve Sierra’s capabilities and technologies, as afforded by transitioning to an all-electric propulsion while al...
    Chip shortage: Automakers’ plan to ensure supply of chips and guide their design
    Ford Motor took a step toward in addressing the chip shortage challenge in November, announcing a collaboration that will allow GlobalFoundries (GF) to increase supplies of semiconductors for Ford for its current vehicle lineup, as well as research and development (R&D) purposes. Ford already purchases chips from the company, but the new collaboration allows for more direct discussions, which could speed up manufacturing and purchasing. This is also an example of the OEMs working to avoid lo...
    General Motors, LG Energy Solution evaluating third battery plant in the US
    General Motors and its battery partner LG Energy Solution, within the framework of their Ultium cells joint venture, are evaluating a new USD2.5 billion battery cell manufacturing plant for electric vehicles, according to a report filed by Automotive News on 10 December 2021. The publication reported that the planned battery cell plant may come near the carmaker’s Lansing Delta Township assembly plant. According to the report, GM and LG have filed a tax exemption document with the City of L...
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