Pentagon taps General Motors for electric vehicle batteries

GM Defense, a subsidiary of General Motors, has been selected by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to develop a prototype battery pack for testing and analysis on Department of Defense platforms. GM Defense will leverage GM’s most advanced battery technology, the Ultium platform, as it meets DIU’s requirements for a scalable design that can be used for tactical military vehicles. DIU is a Department of Defense organization that accelerates the adoption of commercial technologies in the U.S. military, which aligns with GM Defense’s mission to leverage GM’s advanced technologies for global defense customers and of the government.

“This award is a critical catalyst for non-traditional defense companies like GM Defense to deliver commercial technologies that support our customers’ transition to a more electric, autonomous and connected future,” said Steve duMont, president of GM Defense. “Commercial battery-electric technologies continue to mature. GM Defense offers a unique advantage with our ability to leverage proven commercial capabilities and billions of GM investments in electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle technologies to help provide our customers with the most advanced capabilities the commercial market can offer.

GM’s Ultium platform is an electric vehicle (EV) battery architecture combined with a propulsion system that can deliver power, range and scalability beyond any previous GM hybrid or extended-range EV technology . Modular and scalable, the Ultium platform uses different cell chemistries and form factors, making it adaptable to changing needs and new technology insertions as they become available.

This award follows a similar announcement made by GM Defense in July when the company was selected by the US military to supply a GMC HUMMER EV pickup for testing and demonstration purposes. The award is intended to help meet the military’s need for light to heavy-duty battery-electric vehicles capable of reducing reliance on fossil fuels in operational and garrison environments.

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