GM Unveils Three New 666-HP Electric Motors
GM unveils TV three new 666-HP electric motors that will help pivot it quickly from conventional vehicles to EVs.
They includes a 180-kW front-drive motor, 255-kW rear- and front-drive motor, and 62-kW all-wheel drive assist motor.
The automaker explains that three motors make up the Ultium Drive package.
General Motors (GM), at the 2021 Mackinac Policy Conference, has revealed three (3) new electric motors that will power its Ultium-based cars.
The automaker explains that three motors – the 180-kilowatt front-drive motor, the 255-kW rear- and front-drive motor, and the 62-kW all-wheel drive assist motor – make up the Ultium Drive package.
Each of the three Motors shares design principles with the next and uses similar tooling manufacturing strategies to keep costs down.
Speaking at the conference, GM president Mark Reuss said:
“Twenty years of electric drive system development and more than 100 years of high-volume vehicle engineering are helping GM pivot quickly from conventional vehicles to EVs. Our vertical integration in this space, encompassing both hardware and software, helps give us control over our own destiny and a significant competitive advantage.”
The 180- and 255-kW motors are permanent magnet motors that are designed to use as few rare earth materials as possible, while the 62-kW unit is an induction motor.
As well as developing the motors, GM also developed the software for the controllers, using computer-assisted and virtual engineering to streamline the design process.
General Motors has been having issues with the Bolt EV of late, but the conglomerate is still pushing ahead with electrification.
Back in July, GM announced that GMC would launch another electric pickup after the Hummer EV, and earlier this month, we learned that Honda and GM EVs would share the same platform.