At its core, these are electric motors paired with single-speed gearboxes, which is not groundbreaking. However, the fact that GM is planning so many interchangeable combinations for a variety of uses and electric cars is quite interesting. It’s a huge bet that once the Ultium Drive powertrains actually roll down the assembly lines, the automaker will be able to ramp up production and make savings. GM could easily outsource drivetrains, or e-axles, as many companies call them, and fit them into future electric vehicles.
Instead, GM believes that its experience in designing and building traditional engines and transmissions, and the sheer number of off-the-shelf parts available to it, will give it a step up. The automaker also mentioned that these powertrains will be built in existing factories on “shared, flexible” assembly lines.
GM has already revealed itsEarlier this year, which will serve as the heart of future electric cars, delivering up to 200 kilowatt hours of energy and reaching a range of up to 400 miles on a single charge. Ultium Drive will send the battery to whatever drive layout the automaker wants to track. GM mentioned that front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive are on the table with its latest technology.
We’ll get our first impression of a production vehicle with all of thisTech including the first Pickups will roll off the assembly line from 2021. After the electric pickup comes the , aims to challenge the luxury electric SUV segment.
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