GM Hires Tesla Battery Expert

Discussion in 'GM' started by xcel, Mar 1, 2024.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    As GM accelerates toward its vision of an all-electric future, the company continues to invest in the infrastructure and attract world-class talent to make that a reality. In the latest move, GM hired Kurt Kelty, a globally recognized battery expert and former Tesla executive, to be VP of Batteries, reporting to GM President Mark Reuss.

    In this newly created role, Kelty will be charged with GM’s battery cell strategy and a new end-to-end approach. This will include the use of raw materials, research, developing and investing in new technology, commercialization of cells and packs, and end of life opportunities. His team will be responsible for a critical piece of GM’s electrification strategy, bringing together the company’s already robust battery development resources with industry expertise to more quickly deliver profitable, lower-cost, higher performing electric vehicles to customers at scale.

    Kelty’s appointment and the elevated focus on battery cell technology builds on years of investment and the establishment of infrastructure that is already allowing GM to identify and prototype next generation technology and manufacture cells at scale. With Kelty joining the team, this will expand and accelerate those efforts and position GM as the EV leader in the future.

    Most recently, Kelty was a VP at Sila, where he was responsible for sales, business development, battery cell manufacturing partnerships and battery engineering involved in the adoption of Sila’s silicon anode material in EVs requiring high energy density and fast charge.

    Prior to Sila, Kelty led the Tesla battery development team for 11 years. At Tesla he was responsible for the technical exchanges and commercial negotiations with battery cell suppliers and early-stage battery cell developers. He was a key driver in the creation of Tesla’s first Gigafactory, the largest lithium-ion battery and EV component factory in the world. He began his work in lithium-ion batteries in 1993, working for Panasonic, where he created alliances and joint development programs to advance lithium-ion rechargeable batteries for portable applications.

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