General Motors has announced its Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Centre, currently under construction, will expand the company’s battery technology operations and accelerate its development and commercialization of longer range, more affordable electric vehicle batteries. The Wallace Centre will be located on the campus of GM’s Global technical Centre in Warren, Michigan. The centre due for completion mid 2022 is designed for expansion and is expected to grow to at least three times its initial size as demand for batteries increase. The centre will allow GM to accelerate new technologies including lithium metal, silicon and solid state batteries along with production methods that can be deployed at other battery manufacturing plants. “The Wallace Center will significantly ramp up development and production of our next-generation Ultium batteries and our ability to bring next-generation EV batteries to market,” said Doug Parks, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The addition of the Wallace Center is a massive expansion of our battery development operations and will be a key part of our plan to build cells that will be the basis of more affordable EVs with longer range in the future.” The Centre is named after Bill Wallace, a GM director who played a pivotal role in the OEM’s development of advanced battery technology.