As we add new EVs to our portfolio, GM has the advantage of a family of brands with vehicles across segments and price points.
We also have the benefit of scale, which will help us continue to bring battery manufacturing costs down. But getting everyone in an EV is about more than price. As part of the global vehicle development process, our portfolio planning team listens to customers to understand their needs in terms of vehicle size, body style, range and more. These insights allow us to develop the best possible value proposition for each EV entry.
GM also has the advantage of our modular vehicle platform. The platform removes significant physical constraints associated with conventional vehicles—no need to build around gas tanks, engines, radiator or exhaust pipes, for example. In the past, EV design placed great importance on differentiating the EV visually from its ICE counterparts. The flexibility of this new platform frees us to proportion vehicles to meet unique brand personas and to design around vehicle and customer segment needs.
2020 brought several significant announcements regarding our EV portfolio. These include:
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV/EUV
The Chevy Bolt EV was the first affordable, long-range EV on the market and continues to evolve. The model year 2021 vehicle is capable of driving an EPA-estimated 259 miles on a full charge and at an affordable price. The next Chevrolet EV will be an updated version of the Bolt EV, followed by the 2022 Bolt EUV, both launching in summer 2021. The Bolt EUV will be the first EV and first vehicle outside of the Cadillac brand to offer Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance technology for enabled roads. The vehicles will also offer a Power Flow Screen feature, which shows drivers when they are using regen braking and how much charge is left in the battery.
Cadillac’s introduction of its electric portfolio began with the debut of the LYRIQ—a fully electric luxury crossover. The propulsion system and supporting technologies position Cadillac to be a leader in electrification, connectivity and hands-free driving. Built on GM’s all-new Ultium battery system, we expect the LYRIQ to offer more than 300 miles of range per full charge. It will also offer the enhanced version of Super Cruise and new technologies such as dual-plane augmented reality-enhanced head-up display and remote self-parking. We anticipate the LYRIQ will arrive in the first half of 2022, approximately nine months earlier than originally planned.
The Cadillac CELESTIQ will represent the ultimate expression of Cadillac innovation. The luxury sedan will offer all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and a full-glass roof that allows each occupant of the vehicle to set their own level of transparency. The architecture of the Ultium battery allows more space for technology, including personalized console screens that separate individualized comfort settings from entertainment displays.
GMC HUMMER EV
As the world’s first zero-emissions, zero-limits, all-electric supertruck, the HUMMER EV is built to navigate off-road conditions. A 24-module pack of Ultium battery cells will offer a GM-estimated range of over 300 miles. HUMMER EV is also the first vehicle in GM’s lineup to feature its almost completely wireless battery management system, which maintains balance within the truck’s battery cell groups for optimal performance and battery longevity.
The supertruck will offer other technology-driven features that will further enhance its performance, including Energy Assist, which allows drivers to monitor energy use and “preheats” the battery en route to a charging station; Regen on Demand, a driver-controlled regenerative braking feature; and the latest version of Super Cruise driver assistance feature. The introduction of the HUMMER EV also marks the debut of CrabWalk. Using the vehicle’s four-wheel steering, CrabWalk allows the rear wheels and front wheels to steer at the same angle at low speeds, enabling diagonal movement of the vehicle for greater maneuverability on challenging terrain.
Also in 2020, Cruise revealed the Origin—a purpose-built, all-electric, and shared self-driving vehicle. There is no steering wheel in the Cruise Origin, because there is no driver. Read more about the Cruise Origin.
Beyond North America, we also plan an acceleration of electrification technology in China, the world’s largest EV market. During 2020, we hosted China Tech Day in Shanghai, where we unveiled our latest plans to introduce EVs and advanced technologies in China. This included a commitment that 40% of new vehicles introduced in China over the next five years will be EVs. All of these vehicles will be manufactured in China, with almost all parts coming from local suppliers. Recent introductions in China include:
Baojun E300/E300 Plus
These battery-powered microcars have a range of 305 kilometers (190 miles) on a full charge. The E300 has up to three seats, while the E300 Plus has four. Both are equipped with Baojun’s intelligent driving system, which includes artificial intelligence voice interaction, real-time road navigation, a voice-control WeChat function and a mobile app to make driving more convenient and enjoyable.
The Chevrolet Menlo sedan is the brand’s first fully electric vehicle in China. The vehicle has a constant-speed range of up to 410 kilometers (255 miles) on a full charge. Its battery can be fully charged to 80% of capacity within 40 minutes using a direct current (DC) fast charger.
Wuling Rong Guang Electric Minivan and Mini EV
Wuling launched its first electric minivan in 2020 with both commercial and passenger variations. Both versions support conventional AC charging and DC fast charging. We also launched the Rong Guang Mini EV, a compact vehicle ideal for urban commuting and parking in tight spaces. The model is equipped with an intelligent battery management system, as well as low-temperature pre-heating technology and battery insulation, all of which can be remotely monitored via a smartphone app.
This all-electric crossover concept vehicle offers a sneak peek at Buick’s vision for a new, intelligent electric future. The concept will come with a next-generation electric propulsion system and the advanced Ultium battery, along with a variety of connected and intelligent driving technologies, demonstrating Buick’s ongoing evolution toward the future of personal mobility.
Buick VELITE 7 SUV
Buick strengthened its commitment to electrification in China with the launch of the VELITE 7 SUV. The VELITE 7 is the first all-electric SUV in Buick’s new energy vehicle portfolio, offering 500 kilometers of range on a full charge. It is equipped with technologies that take connectivity and EV driving experience to the next level, such as One Pedal Driving, Regen on Demand and the latest-generation Buick eConnect connectivity system.