GM is working on next-gen Ultium battery designs

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The demand for batteries is huge and only accelerating. Current tech isn’t without some drawbacks and electric vehicles of the future will need new innovations. Via Cnet:

To develop these improved batteries, GM also revealed a joint development agreement with SolidEnergy Systems (SES), a company that has extensive experience working with lithium. GM Ventures, the automaker’s venture capital arm that helps nurture automotive-related start-up companies has been invested in SES for six years now, but this new announcement takes the partnership a step further. By 2023, the two companies plan to build a manufacturing line in Woburn, Massachusetts to make prototype batteries.

SES technology promises to deliver batteries that charge faster, have greater energy density and are lower in weight. Talk about a win-win-win. Beyond that, its designs should also be efficient to manufacture and very scalable, exactly what automakers need. Prototype batteries have already withstood some 150,000 simulated miles’ worth of testing in the lab at GM’s tech center in Warren, Michigan, so the design shows promise.

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