GM is thinking about building electric aircraftSeptember 16, 2020
The company is confident that their new batteries will work for this too
Concern General Motors has not yet achieved tangible success in the segment of electric vehicles, but its management is already thinking about the production of alternative vehicles on electric traction, according to Reuters.
“I am confident in our future in terms of electric vehicles, and this is not just about electric vehicles,” the agency quotes the head of GM Mary Barrou. “Our Ultium family of batteries open up new opportunities for us, including the aircraft segment.”
The Ultium batteries that Barra speaks of will be manufactured at a factory in Ohio, which is still under construction. They plan to use LG Chem batteries. These are the batteries that General Motors will put on new electric vehicles, including the revived Hummer SUVs, the Cadillac Liryq crossover and possibly the more affordable second-generation Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles and crossover based on it.
Earlier, the head of Tesla, Elon Musk, spoke about batteries for passenger aircraft. According to him, in a few years the batteries will reach such a ratio of weight and energy capacity that they will be suitable for aviation use. At the same time, Tesla has never announced plans to build its own aircraft.
One way or another, in both cases, it is most likely not about equipping large aircraft with batteries, but about their use in compact air taxis, capable of taking off on a single charge for about half an hour to make fast flights over short distances. After the massive proliferation of electric quadcopters, many startups began working on the same type of passenger aircraft.
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