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GM Defense to extend battery electric technology for US DoD platforms

GM's Ultium Battery Pack. Image for representation purposes only.

General Motors' Defense subsidiary GM Defense has been recently selected by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to develop a battery pack prototype for testing and analysis on Department of Defense platforms.

The announcement is intended to help meet the military's requirement for a light- to heavy-duty battery EV that can support reduced reliance on fossil fuels in the operational and garrison environments.

The company will leverage its advanced battery technology - the Ultium Platform - to meet DIU's requirement 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 technology across the U.S. military.

"This award is a critical enabler for non-traditional defense businesses 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.

He further added, "Commercial battery electric technologies continue to mature. GM Defense offers a unique advantage with our ability to leverage proven commercial capabilities and the billions in GM investments in electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle technologies in order to help provide our customers with the most advanced capabilities the commercial market can offer".

GM's Ultium Platform is a combined electric vehicle (EV) battery architecture and propulsion system that claims to deliver power, range, and scale beyond any previous GM hybrid or extended range EV technology.

The platform is modular and scalable, using different chemistries and cell form factors, making it adaptable to changing needs and new technology insertions as they become available, according to the company.

The latest DIU award follows a similar announcement GM Defense made in July when the business was selected by the U.S. Army to provide a GMC HUMMER EV Pickup for analysis and demonstration. 

Author : Dhiyanesh Ravichandran
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