GM will make an Ultium battery pack prototype for the US military

General Motors, through its GM Defense subsidiary, will build a prototype battery pack for the Department of Defense to test and analyze. The agency’s Defense Innovation Unit is looking for a scalable design that can be used in electrified versions of military tactical vehicles.

The battery pack will be based on GM’s Ultium platform, which it uses to power its own electric vehicles. Due to the nature of the battery cells used, Ultium is billed as a modular and scalable system that can be customized to meet different needs, so it may just be right for the military.

GM said the military wants a light-to-heavy duty electric vehicle for use in garrisons and operational environments to reduce fossil fuel consumption. As a result, this should reduce the military’s carbon emissions.

This isn’t the first partnership GM Defense has entered into with the military. In July, the company struck a deal with the US Army to provide an electric Hummer for testing. Last year, Steve duMont, president of GM Defense, said the company would build a prototype electric military vehicle based on the Hummer EV.

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