Ultium Drive to Help Power GMs All-Electric Future

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    Ultium Drive to Help Power GMs All-Electric Future

    Ultium Drive to Help Power GM’s All-Electric Future
    GM will lead design, development and manufacturing of next-generation EV drive units and motors
    2020-09-16
    General Motors

    DETROIT – General Motors’ next-generation EVs are expected to be powered by a family of five interchangeable drive units and three motors, known collectively as “Ultium Drive.” Ultium Drive will help the company transition its current portfolio to a fully electric lineup, providing significant advantages over GM’s previous EVs in performance, scale, speed to market and manufacturing efficiencies.

    Ultium Drive combines electric motors and single-speed transmissions to apply power – generated by Ultium battery cells – to the wheels of GM’s upcoming electric vehicles. GM will lead the design and development of Ultium Drive’s modular architecture.

    Ultium Drive will be more responsive than its internal combustion equivalents with precision torque control of its motors for smooth performance. These motors within Ultium Drive are expected to offer industry-leading torque and power density across a wide spectrum of different vehicle types.

    “GM has built transmissions for many notable automakers,” said Ken Morris, GM vice president, Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs. “Making motors, transmissions, driveline components and systems are among GM’s best-known competencies, and our manufacturing expertise is proving not only transferable but advantageous as we make the transition to EVs.”

    GM applied 25 years of EV experience to Ultium Drive with lighter and more efficient designs that feature clever integration. For example, by integrating the power electronics into the drive units’ assemblies, the mass of the power electronics has been reduced by nearly 50 percent from GM’s previous EV generation, saving cost and packaging space while increasing capability by 25 percent.
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    Re: Ultium Drive to Help Power GMs All-Electric Future

    Well, you have to engineer, design and build your own cars, otherwise you are a retailer and distributor

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    Re: Ultium Drive to Help Power GMs All-Electric Future

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    Well, you have to engineer, design and build your own cars, otherwise you are a retailer and distributor
    This will open up the floodgates for future electric vehicles. Okay, maybe not a flood, but this is the tip of the iceberg. GM will have an onslaught of electric vehicles unveiled over the next few years and I expect they will be ahead of the curve and with the manufacturing to back it all up.

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    Re: Ultium Drive to Help Power GMs All-Electric Future

    I'm def interested in the Hummer SUT as long as it's reasonable. I'm also very interested in charging times and chargers in general. Are you going to need to buy a wall charger like Tesla?

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