AD #3306 – GM Ultium Batteries Can Be Upgraded; Stellantis Pulls the Plug on Russia; Penske Places Big E-Transit Order

April 19th, 2022 at 11:43am

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Runtime: 9:59

0:07 Stellantis Pulls the Plug on Russia
0:48 U.S. Secures Domestic Graphite Production
1:34 GM Ultium Batteries Can Be Upgraded
3:16 Mercedes-Benz Reveals EQS SUV
4:43 Daimler Truck Turns Used Batteries Into Storage Units
5:19 Penske Places Big Order of Ford E-Transits
5:53 urbanshpere Concept Hints at Audi’s Future
7:15 BP Installing More Charging Stations
8:04 Ford Stops Taking Orders for Mach-E in the U.S.
8:26 Who Makes the Most Efficient EVs?

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17 Comments to “AD #3306 – GM Ultium Batteries Can Be Upgraded; Stellantis Pulls the Plug on Russia; Penske Places Big E-Transit Order”

  1. Vic Maslanka Says:

    Update GM Ultium batteries? Yes, but at what cost? Not necessarily the best economic choice for an EV owner.

  2. Fensterlips Says:

    I see a whole new kind of business being developed around battery upgrades. After all, the vehicle should be extremely long lived, but range expectations are growing fast.

  3. Albemarle Says:

    There is nothing special about Ultium battteries being upgradeable. LG upgraded the Bolt battery from 60 to 65 kWh and improved it’s safety too! Nissan upgraded the Leaf battery from 24 kWh to 60 kWh. Tesla has been upgrading and changing its battery capacity and chemistry almost continuously.

    I think you are being a little disingenuous worrying about EV batteries. Sean, do you lease your Dewalt drill? How about your phone? Toyota say the battery in the bz4x will still have 90% capacity in 10 years. Drive an ICE car daily for 10 years and see how much the engine and transmission have worn.

  4. Jim Head Says:

    Ford should stop promising new product until they can deliver the vehicles that were ordered LAST YEAR! A friend ordered a Bronco in October and my son ordered a Maverick in September, and neither has any word on when they’ll get them.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    Wow I guess nothing new in the auto industry if it isn’t about EVs. Only one story today that wasn’t EV related.
    I think GM is smart to make their battery packs upgradable but that also assumes that the new technology wont change too much in shape or need some type of cooling system. If a new battery is developed that requires it to be a 18″ cube then the whole interchangeable design is obsoleted. Probably a safe bet it wont change that much though.

  6. George Ricci Says:

    Ford Mach-E not taking any more orders for 2022. I would bet that its has more to do with not enough batteries. Just like Tesla delaying the Cyber Truck, roadster, and Semi Truck. Getting the first 750 to Penske right away and the more than 10,000 orders for the E-Transit maybe a contributing factor.


    3) The batteries are equivalent to the fuel tank of an ICE vehicle. Are you stating that the fuel tank in an ICE loses capacity over time? The only way I know this to happen is by hitting a tree stump and denting the fuel tank.

    If the phone and drill both cost $50,000 and I knew that they would be obsoleted in 5 years by new technology; you can be sure that I would lease a phone and a drill.

    I have 4 cars that are 35 years old. All 4 have the exact same HP, Torque, and Fuel economy, and range that they left the factory with. I maintain them and keep them at perfection and have done so for 20 years.

  8. BobK Says:

    So if batteries are no longer useful for vehicles due to degradation, how much life do they have left for stationery storage? Isn’t their life about over?

  9. Dave Says:

    in ICE vehicles the metric way is liters/100km hence kw hours per 100km ?

  10. Bob Wilson Says:

    The availably of fast DC chargers reduces the need for individual range. New, my 240 mi range Tesla had to take a couple of hours on a L2 charger to bridge a gap. Now there are two Superchargers in the gap for my aging 225 mi Tesla (65 k miles.)

    We have also learned how to make small, 2-4 mph adjustments to reach the next fast DC charger. A better SuperCharger network and improved driving technique reduces the range requirement.

  11. Sean McElroy Says:

    @BobK – A used battery for stationary storage will still have at least 60-70% of its original capacity left.

  12. BobK Says:

    Thanks Sean

  13. Roger T Says:

    Upgrade battery pack? Why?
    Electric vehicles UI need updating, battery packs need to be durable. As charge infrastructure improves, pressure on vehicle range reduces. Antiquated UI drives vehicle value down.

  14. GM Veteran Says:

    I am sure Stellantis will make good use of the chips they won’t be installing in Russia in vehicles for North America. More RAM pickups will certainly help the bottom line!

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s no wonder Mach-E is sold out. They just don’t build very many. Total production for 2021 was 27,140, and they built only 2001-2370 per month for Jan-Mar of 2022. I assume the plant has a lot more capacity than that, but they can’t get the parts needed to build more cars.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 The cars built in and for Russia probably didn’t use chips. They probably still have point and coil ignition.

  17. wmb Says:

    The EQS SUV, IMHO, is the best iteration of the EQ styling to date! Waaay better then the is and I’m a BMW fan! While the EQS SUV and is are BEVs, they are not direct competitors, since the EQS SUV has a footprint similar to the GLS and the is is closer to the X5.