General Motors wants to accelerate its battery development even more so its investing millions of dollars into the Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Center in Michigan.
The new site is located on the auto company’s Tech Center campus in Warren, Michigan. It’s also named after Bill Wallace, who led much of the company’s early battery efforts, its goal is to reduce the costs and improve the efficiency of GM’s batteries.
While not revealing how much money it plans to spend on the site, which is already under construction, the goal is have the facility close to where many other development functions occur while also working on the technology itself in order to produce batteries with longer range and lowering their costs by as much as 60%, officials said in a call Monday.
The site is expected to be completed in either the second or third quarter of next year, officials noted.
“The Wallace Center will significantly ramp up development and production of our next-generation Ultium batteries and our ability to bring next-generation EV batteries to market,” said Doug Parks, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.
“The addition of the Wallace Center is a massive expansion of our battery development operations and will be a key part of our plan to build cells that will be the basis of more affordable EVs with longer range in the future.”
Working with Ultium
The Wallace Center will allow GM to accelerate new technologies like lithium-metal, silicon and solid-state batteries, along with production methods that can quickly be deployed at battery cell manufacturing plants, including GM’s joint ventures with LG Energy Solution in Lordstown, Ohio, and Spring Hill, Tennessee, and other undisclosed locations in the U.S.