GM appoints Kelty as VP of batteries

GM appoints Kelty as VP of batteries

GM appoints Kelty as VP of batteries 984 890 Energy Storage Journal

February 15, 2024: Kurt Kelty has been appointed VP of batteries for General Motors, the auto giant announced on February 8.

In the newly created post, Kelty (pictured), a former Tesla executive, will take charge of GM’s battery cell strategy — including overseeing the use of raw materials, research, developing and investing in new technology, commercialization of cells and packs and end of life opportunities.

Kelty reports to GM president Mark Reuss, who said Kelty’s expertise, would help the company become a leader in EV tech development.

Most recently, Kelty was a VP at silicon anode material company Sila with responsibility for sales, business development, battery cell manufacturing partnerships and battery engineering.

Before Sila, Kelty led the Tesla battery development team for 11 years, where he was responsible for technical exchanges and commercial negotiations with battery cell suppliers and early-stage battery cell developers.

He began his work in lithium ion batteries in 1993, working for Panasonic.

In December 2022, the US Department of Energy said it had closed a $2.5 billion loan to help finance construction of three lithium battery cell manufacturing plants by LG Energy Solution and General Motors’ Ultium Cells joint venture.