General Motors (NYSE: GM) is set to hire 3,000 new workers to execute software development for the research, development and deployment of electric vehicles, according to the company.
The automaker is collaborating with LG Chem to bring battery cell costs below USD100 per kilowatt-hour at full volume, as the incoming Ultium batteries are anticipated to contain one of the highest nickel and lowest cobalt content in a large format pouch cell.
“We want to put everyone in an EV. The Ultium propulsion system allows us to provide customers with exactly what they want – whether it be a car, truck or SUV,” said Ken Morris, GM vice president of Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs. “Our joint venture with LG Chem is exciting because we’re working together to drive down battery cell costs to accelerate EV adoption.”
The new jobs will target engineering, design and information technology set “to increase diversity and inclusion and contribute to GM’s EV and customer experience priorities.” The company is anticipated to hire through the first quarter of 2021. Additionally, most of the positions will be remote as it decides to lean towards “more remote opportunities than ever before,” the company said.
“As we evolve and grow our software expertise and services, it’s important that we continue to recruit and add diverse talent,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “This will clearly show that we’re committed to further developing the software we need to lead in EVs, enhance the customer experience and become a software expertise-driven workforce.”
The news follows the company’s desire to amp up focus on electric vehicles, and it intends to make 20 new electric vehicles available by 2023.