As a former Tesla executive, Kurt Kelty has been appointed as the Vice President of Batteries by General Motors (GM). In his new role, he will report to GM President Mark Reuss and 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 crucial role in advancing GM’s electrification strategy. With his wealth of experience in battery development, he brings a fresh perspective to the company and aims to deliver cost-effective, high-performance electric vehicles at scale. At Tesla, Kelty was instrumental in founding the Gigafactory, which is the world’s largest lithium-ion battery and EV component factory.
Kelty expressed his excitement about joining GM saying “I have been focused on helping develop and commercialize battery technologies for more than 30 years. Joining GM creates an even greater opportunity to help transform the industry and make a lasting impact on our planet.” His appointment reflects GM’s commitment to driving innovation in the electric vehicle sector and represents a significant step towards achieving their electrification goals.