Low-cobalt Lithium-ion chemistry for power-packed Nexgen EV batteries

Unveiling the latest Lithium-ion battery technology, GM CEO Mary Barra said it will use its proprietary low-cobalt-content lithium-ion chemistry, as GM intends to gear itself for an all-electric future.
GM is working with LG Chem on a new generation of lithium-ion batteries and housings, with new battery modules. The first EV battery design, circa 2010 was a T-shape used in the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. It took up the space between the seats that would have been the transmission tunnel, as well as under the back seat.
With the Chevrolet Bolt EV, GM switched to a rectangular flat pack or slice, that formed the bottom of the car (suitably protected from road hazards), with a bump that fits under the rear seat. Internally it’s called BEV2 (main photo) and has 288 cells.
Environmentalists hope that in the wake of the coronavirus slowdown, customers will appreciate the cleaner skies in major cities and adopt plug-in vehicles to keep the air clear and clean. GM’s battery R&D is for its worldwide markets, not just the US, and it may find more traction outside the US. Depending on how many people and businesses have money to spend on new cars in the next year.