GM offers up revealing new details of future electric cars

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Detroit — In its 2019 Sustainability Report released last week, General Motors is providing new details of its upcoming flood of electric vehicles.

In the report, GM said Cadillac, its luxury brand, will see new all-electric SUVs that mirror many of its internal combustion engine models already in the lineup.

For example, the report said Cadillac will reveal an electric “globally sized luxury three-row SUV.” That matches the description of its current XT6 SUV, a detail not previously disclosed.

Also new, Cadillac will offer an all-electric SUV with “attainable luxury — similar to today’s Cadillac XT4.”

Another hint at Cadillac’s upcoming EV lineup is a statement in the report that there will be a full-size, three-row luxury SUV that reflects the iconic Escalade.

Finally, GM has previously said it will hand-build a halo vehicle called the Cadillac Celestiq, but in the report GM discloses that only 1.2 Celestiqs will be made per day.

GM’s plans to push EVs

GM has promised to bring at least 20 new electric vehicles to market by 2023. GM has said it plans for additional models beyond that, with a vision of an all-electric future to support its mantra of “zero crashes, zero emissions, zero congestion.”

“Transitioning to all-electric vehicles is central to a zero-emissions future,” said GM CEO Mary Barra in the opening statement of the report. “Our new, flexible platform and Ultium battery system will help us build EVs across all our brands. By mid-decade, we expect to sell a million EVs a year across our global markets.”

GM Electric cars

More than 80% of EV charging is done at home, Parker said, but GM is vocal on its desire for a federal policy that will support more charging stations and other infrastructure to make EV ownership more desirable. Also, GM seeks consistent consumer government tax incentives for EV purchases, Parker said.

Here are the EVs coming that are listed in its Sustainability Report:


— The Lyriq SUV to start production in 2022

— A globally sized luxury three-row SUV that emphasizes interior space and cargo capability

— An SUV EV with attainable luxury — similar to today’s Cadillac XT4 — and aimed at a key global growth segment

— A full-size, three-row luxury SUV that reflects elements of the Escalade

— Cadillac Celestiq hand-made ultra-luxury EV with projected build rate of 1.2 vehicles per day


— GMC Hummer EV pickup truck that will offer 1,000 horsepower, 11,500 pound-feet of torque and 0 to 60 mph acceleration in three seconds

— GMC Hummer EV SUV builds off the GMC Hummer EV truck but will be configured as an off-road-capable SUV


— A mid-size SUV targeted to U.S. customers who are looking for an electric option in this segment

— Chevrolet battery-electric pickup. It will offer more than 400 miles of range on a single charge

— Chevrolet Bolt that features a distinctive SUV design inspired by the Chevy Blazer and offers Super Cruise driver assistance — the first vehicle outside of Cadillac to do so


Two new all-electric vehicles will be the new face of the brand.

— A Buick SUV will offer more conventional crossover proportions that maximize interior space and cargo

— A Buick SUV will feature more expressive proportions with a greater emphasis on form and athletic fashion

Additionally, GM’s self-driving Cruise Origin will be the first production vehicle from GM’s partnership with Honda.

GM’s manufacturing targets

GM is investing $2.2 billion to retool its Detroit-Hamtramck plant to assemble all-electric vehicles there. It will start building the electric GMC Hummer next year, then the Cruise Origin.

In fact, GM insiders dub the plant, “Factory Zero” because the cars it will build will all have zero emissions. GM has said once the plant is fully operational, it will create 2,200 jobs.

In its Sustainability Report, GM said it will allocate more than $20 billion of capital and engineering resources to its electric and autonomous vehicle programs between now and 2025.

GM continues to build a battery cell plant in a joint venture with LG Chem near Lordstown, Ohio, which will make Ultium cells. The Ultium battery enables a variety of electric vehicles to be built across brands and segments on the same platform.

Furthering its commitment to the environment, GM said by 2030 half of the content on each of its new vehicles to be sourced from “non-virgin” or recycled items. It is also studying using bio-based materials such as algae in future cars.

Other goals: By 2025, GM plans for 90% of its global facilities to produce zero waste. By 2030, all of GM’s U.S. plants will run on renewable energy. By 2040, all of GM’s global plants will run on renewable energy.

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