As a former Tesla executive and battery expert, Kurt Kelty has been named vice president of batteries at General Motors (GM). In this new role, he will be responsible for leading GM’s battery cell strategy. This includes overseeing all aspects of the strategy, from raw materials and research to technology development, commercialization, and recycling.
Kelty’s team will play a key role in advancing GM’s electrification strategy. By leveraging the company’s existing resources and industry expertise, they aim to deliver cost-effective, high-performance electric vehicles at scale. With his wealth of experience in battery development and his knowledge of the electric vehicle industry, Kelty is well-equipped to lead this important initiative.
At Tesla, Kelty was instrumental in the establishment of the company’s Gigafactory, which is the world’s largest lithium-ion battery and EV component factory. His appointment reflects GM’s commitment to driving innovation in the electric vehicle sector and is a significant step towards achieving their electrification goals.
Kelty expressed his excitement about joining GM, stating “For more than 30 years, I’ve been focused on helping develop and commercialize battery technologies that will aid in the transition to electric transportation. Joining GM creates an even bigger opportunity to help the industry make the switch and have a lasting impact on our planet.”