December 09, 2022

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General Motors partners Salton Sea lithium production for EVs 

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General Motors partners Salton Sea lithium production for EVs 

General Motors has announced that it will partner with a renewable energy company’s lithium and power development in the Salton Sea Geothermal Field near Imperial for batteries for electric vehicles.

The company in an announcement said that the lithium will be produced through a closed-loop, direct extraction process that leads to a small physical footprint, no production tailing and lowers carbon dioxide emissions when compared to traditional processes like pit mining or evaporation ponds.
GM plans to make more affordable, higher range electric vehicles. The company’s Controlled Thermal Resources will recover lithium from geothermal brine under the sea.

GM will be the first company to make a multi-million dollar investment in CTR’s project known as Hell’s Kitchen. It is investing a $35 billion global commitment to electric and autonomous vehicles.

Doug Parks, GM’s executive vice president, global product development, purchasing and supply chain said, “Lithium is critical to battery production today and will only become more important as consumer adoption of EVs (electric vehicles) increases, and we accelerate towards our all-electric future.”

“By securing and localizing the lithium supply chain in the U.S., we’re helping ensure our ability to make powerful, affordable, high mileage EVs while also helping to mitigate environmental impact and bring more low-cost lithium to the market as a whole.”

GM to develop electric lunar rover for NASA

General Motors in its electric vehicles fleet expansion process plans to expand its vehicles to drive not only on roads but also on the moon. It has announced that it aims to help NASA to bring electric and autonomous vehicles on Moon. It said it is partnering with longtime NASA contractor Lockheed Martin an American aerospace, arms, defence, security, and advanced technologies company to develop new moon buggies. Let us now read in detail about GM to develop an electric lunar rover.

The GM’s vehicles will be the ultimate off-road, self-driving and electric vehicles specially designed for Moon. The project is still in the early stages and aims to design light yet rugged vehicles that can give more life and performance in terms of range and speed than the lunar rovers. In general, the land rovers that used in the 1970s to carry NASA’s Apollo 15,16 and 17 astronauts ventured no more than 4 1/2 miles from their landers. General Motors is also helping them to design those vehicles.

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