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GM Touts Battery Production, EV Advancements in Q1 Report

CEO Mary Barra cites growing battery production prowess and EV innovations in GM’s Q1 earning call.

Michael C. Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Battery Technology

April 29, 2024

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General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra
General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.Alex Wong/Getty Images

In the company’s April 23 Q1 earnings call with investors, General Motors Corp. (GM) Chair and CEO Mary Barra gave an upbeat appraisal of the company’s status, noting company developments in electric vehicle (EV) production, battery technology, and market strategy.

Battery module production soars

Barra cited the company's strides in EV production and profitability, noting a significant uptick in battery module production by joint-venture company Ultium over the last six months.

"We have increased battery module production by 300% over the last six months,” she told investors on the call (as transcribed by Seeking Alpha). Quality is high and getting better and the installation and validation of new high-speed module assembly lines is on track, she continued. “We are projecting to double our current capacity by the end of the summer.”


Recent and upcoming EV models

Barra highlighted the success of GM's Cadillac LYRIQ, which outperformed EVs from European luxury brands in the first quarter. Furthermore, she announced the upcoming launch of the Chevrolet Equinox EV, emphasizing its affordability and competitive range. Anticipation surrounds the release of the GMC Sierra EV Denali and Chevrolet Silverado EV RST, both promising groundbreaking capabilities in towing and range, she claimed.


Barra also discussed GM's focus on innovation as a driver of competitive advantage in the EV market. Notable advancements include a 10% increase in range for the Chevrolet Silverado EV RST and GMC Sierra EV Denali, achieved through optimization of battery technology and aerodynamics. Real-world tests showcased the Silverado EV RST's impressive 460-mile range on a single charge, signaling GM's commitment to pushing the boundaries of EV performance.

Strategic outlook for Chinese market

Despite challenges and geopolitical uncertainties, GM remains committed to the Chinese market, Barra said in answer to an investor’s query.

“Over the long-term, we're committed to China. We believe that it's a market that, over the medium term, will have substantial growth. We're continuing to draw on not only our global solutions, but in some cases, local solutions as we advance our electrification strategy.”

New Energy Vehicles (NEVs)  account for roughly 30% of GM's total China deliveries this quarter, she said. “And we're going to build on that through this year because we have an intense NEV launch cadence. From Q2 then moving forward, we have several PHEVs we'll be launching and moving with full EVs as well.” The company will focus on “premium and more lifestyle-oriented” segments in China, she added.

GM's Q1 earnings call underscored its position as a prominent player in the EV sector, with notable advancements in production, technology, and market strategy. While optimistic about future prospects, the company says it remains cognizant of challenges and uncertainties, particularly in key markets like China.

About the Author(s)

Michael C. Anderson

Editor-in-Chief, Battery Technology, Informa Markets - Engineering

Battery Technology Editor-in-Chief Michael C. Anderson has been covering manufacturing and transportation technology developments for more than a quarter-century, with editor roles at Manufacturing Engineering, Cutting Tool Engineering, Automotive Design & Production, and Smart Manufacturing. Before all of that, he taught English and literature at colleges in Japan and Michigan.

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